Dominick Occhicone was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the murders of Raymond and Martha Artzner. According to court documents Dominic Occhicone would go to the home of his ex girlfriend and after she refused to speak to him he would murder her parents Raymond and Martha Artzner. Dominic Occhicone was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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|Initial Receipt Date:||11/10/1987|
|Current Facility:||UNION C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||DEATH SENTENCE|
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In the early morning hours of June 10, 1986 Occhicone awakened his former girlfriend by knocking on the sliding glass door to her bedroom in a house she shared with her children and her parents. The woman refused to talk with him and he left. He returned an hour or so later, armed with a handgun, and cut the telephone lines and roused the household. When the woman’s father confronted him outside the house, Occhicone shot him. The woman and her daughter fled the house while Occhicone was breaking into it through a locked door. Once inside Occhicone shot the woman’s mother four times.
Occhicone v. State, 570 So.2d 902, 904 (Fla.1990). At trial, Occhicone asserted a voluntary intoxication defense claiming that his level of intoxication on the night of the murders, as well as his documented drinking habit, prevented him from having the requisite mental state to premeditate the murders. However, the jury found him guilty and recommended the death penalty for both murders by a seven-to-five vote.
Although the trial judge sentenced Occhicone to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend’s father, he sentenced him to death for the murder of her mother. In support of the death sentence, the trial judge found three aggravating factors: (1) previous conviction of a violent felony; (2) murder committed during a burglary; and (3) murder committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner. As statutory mitigation, the trial judge found that the murder was committed while Occhicone was under the influence of extreme mental and emotional disturbance. Finally, as nonstatutory mitigation, the judge found that Occhicone was a good prisoner and had acclimated to his custodial environment