Man convicted of teen's brutal murder wants sentence tossed



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man convicted of the brutal murder of an Orlando teenager 17 years ago is expected to be in court Thursday morning,  trying to get his sentence thrown out.

Jimmy Bedoya was 16 years old when investigators said he murdered 17-year-old Shauna Card.

Card was found stabbed to death at her mother's Orlando apartment off of Orange Blossom Trail in January 1995.

Three years later Bedoya was found guilty of her murder.

"I miss her so much," said Beverly Card, Shauna Card's mother. "When I go shopping I still think we would have so much fun if she was here."

Shauna Card's parents said they are still hurting. 

Recently they learned that their daughter's killer, Jimmy Bedoya, is trying to get his life sentence overturned, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that life sentences are no longer mandatory for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.

The Cards said they still don't know the whole story, but they said they know she probably let Bedoya, who was a neighbor, into the family apartment.

They do know that he stabbed her 70 times, with knives and even a potato peeler.

"If I had my way I would put her picture up in every corner of his cell so he had to look at her for the rest of his life. I don't want him to get out. I think he would do it again," said Beverly Card.

Kent Card, Shauna's father, describes Bedoya as smug and slick when he was arrested and convicted.

He said he fears for the family's safety if Bedoya gets out.

He said he's heartbroken that his daughter never got the chance to realize her dreams.

"She would have been very good at what she decided to do. She was a very, very sweet person and she did not deserve this," said Kent Card.  

The Cards said they plan to be at Bedoya's hearing.

Prosecutors said it is possible, because of the prison gain time laws in 1995 when the murder happened, that Bedoya could be sentenced to the time he has already served.

Bedoya's hearing is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.