JACKSONVILLE, FL — It’s life in prison without parole for Michael Dunn, the man dubbed the loud-music killer.
Dunn shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 during an argument over loud music. The sentence also carries an additional 90 years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
“This case demonstrates that our justice system does work,” Duval County Judge Russell Healey said moments before sentencing Dunn.
Dunn, 47, was convicted of first-degree murder this month for shooting into an SUV full of teenagers at a Jacksonville, Florida, gas station after an argument over loud music from the teens’ vehicle.
Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Dunn claimed he acted in self-defense because he believed Davis was reaching for a gun. No weapon was found.
“Mr. Dunn, your life is effectively over,” Healey said Friday. “What is sad… is that this case exemplifies that our society seems to have lost its way.”
In a brief statement before sentencing, Dunn for the first time apologized to Davis’ family.
“I want the Davis family to know I truly regret what happened,” he said. “I’m sorry for their loss. If I could roll back time and do things differently, I would.”