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Editorial: An unfair life sentence for a burglar who picked the wrong victim

It was a strange scene five years ago in the courtroom where a judge was sentencing Christopher Dean. The 28-year-old man faced a life sentence after being convicted of felony murder in a bizarre case, and no one – not Dean, not the judge, not even the victim’s mother – was happy about it.

In 2005, the duo had decided to break into a convicted drug dealer’s West Palm Beach apartment. But the man, Gregory Marlow, came home and caught them in the act. They ran off and split up, and after a chase the enraged Marlow mowed down Flint with his sport-utility vehicle along the shoulder of Interstate 95.

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