• Teen gets life sentence in fatal Polk County robbery


    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - A central Florida teen has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting an Orlando musician outside a bar during a set break.

    A Polk County judge sentenced 19-year-old Samuel Sweet Jr. on Wednesday. He was convicted in January of first-degree murder.

    Ralph Ameduri Jr. had been playing bass at a Winter Haven bar in September 2011. Authorities say he was shot in the head during a botched robbery.

    The defense argued that one of the teens who testified against Sweet was the real shooter.

    Sweet was found guilty of first-degree murder in January.

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