BRADENTON — A jury found a Manatee man guilty Friday night of shooting a 22-year-old woman in the head and dumping her body off a rural East Manatee road.
A judge sentenced Jose Luis Marrero, 34, to life in prison for first-degree murder and robbery after a jury found him guilty on both counts after four hours of deliberation.
Marrero shot Lauren Whitney Lichon, of Sarasota, in the chest in her car, and as she got out of the vehicle with one gunshot wound, he fired into her head, killing her. A mosquito control worker found Lichon’s body off Rye Wilderness Road on Feb. 5, 2009.
Marrero showed no emotion as he learned his fate, while his family and the Lichon family wept at the verdict.
Lichon’s brother, Eric, said his sister was beloved by many.
“She was much loved and justice was served,” he said.
Read more in Saturday’s edition of the Herald.
-- Robert Napper