Sugar: Florida is indeed different. He was sentenced as an adult. If his sentence stands, he will be transferred to adult prison upon reaching the age majority.
Here are some more facts to consider:
The medical examiner said the injuries, which included a fractured skull, were so severe that it could not have been an accident.
The Judge said: "The acts of Lionel Tate were not acts of immaturity. The acts of Lionel Tate were cold, callous and indescribably cruel."
Kathleen Grossett-Tate, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, was upstairs in a Pembroke Park home on July 28, 1999. Her 12-year-old son, Lionel, was downstairs with Tiffany Eunick, a 6-year-old playmate.
This is the woman who should be in charge of this boy's supervision?