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Man sentenced to life in prison in relatives' murders

October 6, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres man recently received a life sentence in the deaths of two of his relatives.

Steven David Tompkins, 27, of 1919 Jefferson Ave., was sentenced today to life in prison for the murder of his mother and brother in Lehigh Acres in 2013, according to officials.

Tompkins pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree murder, one count of carjacking and one count of robbery in exchange for not facing the death penalty. He received life on each count to be served concurrently.

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Steven David Tompkins

Tompkins was indicted by a grand jury on the charges in May 2014.

Tompkins attempted to kill his mother Shelly, 55, while she was sleeping by bludgeoning her with a hammer. He then used a knife to end her life. He then shot and killed his brother Daniel, 22, as he lay sleeping in his bed.

Tompkins wanted to leave home but learned his mother was going to kick him out of the house so he killed her, according to officials. He killed his brother so he could steal his truck to flee.

Co-defendant Jocelyn Luck is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

She accepted a plea agreement that in part required her to testify against Tompkins.

Her sentencing was deferred until the case against Tompkins was resolved.

Luck's next court date is a status hearing Dec. 4.

Assistant State Attorneys Hamid Hunter and Danielle Butler handled both cases.

Source: State Attorney's Office



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