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Judge sentences ‘friend’ of slain Pahokee football star to life in prison

  • 7:28 pm Friday, November 12th, 2010 by James @littlenomads

A judge this morning imposed the mandatory sentence Carl Booth Jr. must face following his first-degree murder conviction in the death of rising Pahokee football star Norman “Pooh” Griffith.

“It is with a heavy heart knowing the pain your parents feel, knowing you were 17 years old at the time of the shooting, 19 years old now,” said County Judge Barry Cohen. “But recognizing the pain caused to the victim’s family, I sentence you to … life in prison.”

Without the possibility of parole?” a clerk later asked.

“That is correct,” Cohen said.

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19-year-old found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting death of Pahokee’s Norman “Pooh” Griffith

  • 10:20 pm Friday, October 8th, 2010 by Post Staff

A Pahokee man is guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting of a Pahokee high-school football star.

After a late night of deliberations, jurors ruled around 10 p.m. Friday night that Carl Booth, now 19, was guilty in the murder of Norman “Pooh” Griffith Jr. outside a youth dance in Belle Glade.

Booth was one of two then-teens arrested on murder charges in Griffith’s death. The other, Willie Felton, was never charged because prosecutors believed they did not have enough evidence to convict him.

Booth is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Nov. 12. He put his head down and teared [More]