James Cooper and James Kouzaris
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Florida murders: Family 'relieved' at guilty verdict

An American teenager has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the first degree murder of two British tourists in Florida.

James Cooper, 25, from Warwickshire, and James Kouzaris, 24, from Northampton, were shot in Sarasota.

The pair, who met at Sheffield University, were killed after drunkenly wandering into the Newtown area in the early hours of 16 April 2011.

The court heard Shawn Tyson, 17, killed them after trying to rob them.

Jeanne Barczewska, a friend speaking on behalf of the Kouzaris family, said they were "very relieved" at the verdict.

  • 29 Mar 2012
  • From the section UK