Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The State Attorney's Office said Monday it will seek the death penalty for
a man convicted of fatally shooting his roommate in a mobile home west of
West Palm Beach 2 years ago.
Michael Israel, 25, was found guilty Friday of shooting Shawn Eiland, 34,
on Oct. 12, 2006, in the 5900 block of Tiffany Place.
According to court documents, a witness told detectives that Israel went
into a rage after learning that Eiland tried to sell Israel's computer.
Israel originally told investigators that he shot Eiland during a fight in
But another witness told investigators she heard Israel yelling, "Where's
the cracker? I'm gonna ... kill that cracker," documents state.
Witnesses said Israel then went into the mobile home, grabbed a gun,
confronted Eiland and shot him as he cowered on the floor.
The jury returned a guilty verdict after 3 hours of deliberation and the
judge scheduled sentencing for March 30.
Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty.
Israel's girlfriend, Sabrina Patterson, 21, of west of West Palm Beach, is
awaiting trial for accessory after the fact.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said she tried falsely to implicate
someone in the shooting.
(source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
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