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Man guilty of killing city commissioner father

November 19, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been convicted of fatally shooting his father — a South Miami commissioner.

A Miami-Dade County jury found Jason Beckman guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. Because Beckman was 17 at the time of the killing, he's not eligible for the death penalty. The Miami Herald ( ) reports that prosecutors will seek a life sentence.

Prosecutors say Beckman had planned his father's murder for weeks. In April 2009, he walked into a bathroom as Jay Beckman was showering and shot him in the face with a shotgun.

Defense attorneys said the killing wasn't intentional. They pointed to Jason Beckman's social awkwardness and the fact that he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism.

Jay Beckman had been a city commissioner for three years before his death.


Information from: The Miami Herald,



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