On a break shortly before jurors began deciding his third-degree murder case Thursday, Niklas Prokopishen sat on a concrete bench outside the Palm Beach County courthouse next to his mother, his head buried in his hands.
Less than two hours later, he was gone. On Friday afternoon, a empty chair marked where he should have stood as jurors returned a guilty verdict against him in the January 2010 shooting death of 24-year-old Francisco Roman. Now presumed on the run, Prokopishen, 33, faces 25 years to life in prison when Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Barry Cohen sentences him on May 24 — whether he’s there or not.
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