Jennifer Mee was known as the Hiccup Girl now she is known as a murderer. Jennifer Mee first came to attention for a case of hiccups that would not go away that would see her appear on national television shows. Eventually the hiccups would go away and Jennifer Mee would fade to the background. Then she was arrested for murder in Florida. According to court documents Jennifer Mee would lure the victim to an abandoned home where he was shot and killed by her two accomplices. This teen killer would be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole
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At the age of just 15, Jennifer Mee gained worldwide fame in 2007 when she developed an uncontrollable case of the hiccups.
The teenager, from St Petersburg, Florida, appeared on television morning shows across the United States in a bid to find a cure for her mysterious affliction.
Mee was hiccupping up to 50 times a minute, stopped going to school and could only eat soft foods. She had to be medicated to sleep.
Five weeks later they stopped – and so did the attention.
But in 2010 Mee, then 19, was back in the headlines – this time charged with first-degree murder of a 22-year-old man she met online and lured to a vacant home where two of her friends robbed and shot him.
Shannon Griffin, who came to the abandoned home under the illusion Mee wanted to buy some marijuana, was shot four times and robbed of less than $50. The 22-year-old has been working at a supermarket and was on holiday the week he was killed.
Under Florida law, because Mee set him up, she is as culpable as the person who pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors used police interviews and a taped phone call between Mee and her mother Rachel Robidoux as evidence she had arranged the crime.
During the call, she told her mother she not did pull the trigger of the gun that killed Griffin, but that she was charged with murder. “Because I set everything up,” she explained in the call that was played to the jury. “It all went wrong, Mom. It just went downhill.”
Her lawyers said she suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette’s Syndrome, and a court-appointed psychiatrist said Mee’s intelligence was “low normal.”
Attorney John Trevena revealed she was on a medication called thorazine – usually used to treat psychotic disorders – to control the hiccupping, but that even then she was still susceptible to bouts.
In 2013, Mee wept as she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her co-defendants LaRon Raiford and Lamont Newton, who was her boyfriend at the time of the crime, were also convicted of first-degree murder.
Mee met with Piers Morgan in the third episode of Killer Women at her prison in Ocala, Florida.
Though Morgan wrestles with whether Mee should be kept in prison for the rest of her life even though she did not pull the trigger that killed Griffin and nor was she at the scene, he asks her to take responsibility for her part in his death.
The GMTV host also meets with Mee’s mother and defence lawyer, who both believe her earlier fame as the Hiccup Girl unfairly influenced the court and that her harsh punishment is the result.
Robidoux described her daughter’s earlier condition as “her case of the hiccups wasn’t a case of the hiccups, it was a curse of the hiccups.”
She added: “All of a sudden, people knew her name and she would talk to them on different chat sites. She’s very naive, and I was afraid she was getting herself into something that she didn’t really know what she was doing.
“She’s a lovable sweet little girl who would not hurt a fly. Where things went wrong I don’t know.”
At the time of her arrest, Mee’s MySpace page described herself as a “female version of a hustla”.
“My name is jennifer, im almost 19 but dont let the age fool you, the struggles ive been through has made me grown up so much. Im always havin fun chillin,” she wrote.
On her Facebook page, she alluded to drinking and drugs – and visiting a strip club. On her MySpace page, she posted photos of her tongue piercing, of her giving the camera the finger and her boyfriend’s jail booking photo.
She did not mention the hiccups.
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Hiccup Girl” Jennifer Mee, who is charged with first degree murder, has offered to plead guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, her attorney John Trevena said in court Friday.
Assistant State Attorney Christopher LaBruzzo said prosecutors would discuss the offer.
Mee became known as the “Hiccup Girl” in 2007 because of a case of hiccups that lasted months. A video of her hiccuping became an Internet sensation.
But in 2010, she was arrested along with two men and charged with murder. St. Petersburg police said the trio plotted to rob a 22-year-old man named Shannon Griffin. He was found shot to death at a vacant home just north of downtown.
Jennifer Mee and the two others have each been charged with first degree murder. If convicted, they would face mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors have indicated some willingness to agree to a plea bargain, but perhaps not on terms the defendants would accept. They previously agreed to let Mee’s co-defendant Laron Cordale Raiford plead guilty in exchange for a 40-year prison sentence, but he turned the offer down. He is 22.
In Jennifer Mee’s case, Trevena said he is eager to hear from prosecutors about the suggested 15-year prison sentence. He said he had made previous offers which prosecutors rejected. First, he sought to get Mee designated as a “youthful offender” with a six-year sentence. Prosecutors also turned down an offer for Mee to get a 10-year prison sentence.
Also on Friday, attorneys discussed testimony from a witness who at one point said one of the defendants, Lamont Antonio Newton, 25, was the one who actually shot Griffin.
But prosecutors don’t necessarily need to prove that. Under Florida law, someone can be convicted of murder if he or she committed a serious felony crime — such as robbery — and someone was killed as a result. That’s exactly what happened in this case, according to police.
Attorneys also discussed possible June trial dates for Jennifer Mee in case discussions over a plea agreement fall through. The trial originally was scheduled for this month, but will be delayed because of an illness in the family of one of the prosecutors.
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