Courtney Schulhoff was fifteen years old when she started dating an older man who was a convicted felon and needless to say her father was not happy. Courtney fearing that her father would make her end the relationship with Michael Morin decided to kill him. On the night of the murder Schulhoff would fatally beat her father with a baseball bat. At trial this teen killer initially said that her boyfriend was responsible but after she was convicted she told the judge that she alone committed the brutal murder. Schulhoff was initially sentenced to life in prison but later it was changed to forty years
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An Altamonte Springs woman who was initially sentenced to life in prison for helping murder her father with a baseball bat in February 2004, was given a reduced sentence Thursday: 40 years.
Courtney Schulhoff was 16 when she told her boyfriend she wanted her father dead; then, while her father was asleep, placed a baseball bat outside his bedroom door.
Minutes later, the boyfriend, Michael Lawrence Morin Jr., picked up the bat, went inside and used it to beat Steven Schulhoff, 48, to death in his bed.
Morin, now 33, and Schulhoff were convicted at separate trials in Sanford and each was sentenced to life in prison.
Morin was 20 at the time.
Schulhoff was prosecuted as an adult and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The U.S. Supreme Court has since ruled that sending underage offenders to prison for life with no prospect for release amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and, therefore, is unconstitutional.
That was the reason for Thursday’s resentencing.
According to evidence at Schulhoff’s trial, her father didn’t want her dating Morin, a homeless, out-of-work car thief.
That didn’t keep them apart, though. Morin would slip into the Schulhoffs’ apartment through her bedroom window at night.
Courtney , now 29, also was angry that her father had cut off her access to credit cards.
Morin told police that he grabbed the aluminum bat and stepped into Steven Schulhoff’s bedroom but blacked out after that. The next thing he remembered, he told them, was standing there with the victim’s blood on his clothing.
Schulhoff was convicted first; when Morin went on trial, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty. She took the witness stand and claimed that she, alone, killed her father.
Jurors did not believe her.
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A 16-year-old girl and her 20-year-old boyfriend face first-degree murder charges after allegedly fatally beating the girl’s father with a baseball bat, police said.
The body of Steven Schulhoff was found at his condominium Tuesday. Schulhoff’s daughter, Courtney Schulhoff, and boyfriend Michael Morin of Orlando remained in custody Wednesday.
The girl was in the custody of juvenile authorities, and Morin was in the Seminole County jail without bail.
Courtney Schulhoff told investigators that her father beat her Sunday, which prompted her and Morin to come up with a plan to kill him.
Courtney Schulhoff said she left to walk her father’s dog Tuesday and returned about 20 minutes later to find Morin with blood on his clothes and face, and a baseball bat on the ground near the front door. She said Morin told her he had “taken care of the problem.” She said Morin told her he had killed her father and he would kill her, too, if she told anyone. While Courtney Schulhoff pinned the blame on her boyfriend,oOfficials said Morin told them he “blacked out” after grabbing the bat. He said he tried to talk her out of killing her father. He said she placed the bat outside her father’s bedroom door.
“He said . he went inside and grabbed the bat and blacked out,” investigators wrote. “He said that the next thing he knew, he was covered in blood and that he was washing himself off in the bathroom.”
Morin planned to drive the body to Brevard County and dump it off a bridge, but those plans were interrupted when Steven Schulhoff’s girlfriend came to the condo to check on him shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday. The woman dialed 911 when she saw Courtney Schulhoff and Morin run from the condo complex
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