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Teen Killer Agrees to Plea Bargain

1:02 AM, Jan 23, 2004   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A family's pain was on full display as their son's murderer agrees to a plea bargain. John Hogwood agreed to a 25 year sentence with no chance of parole in court Thursday. Prosecutors say the deal, which prompted Hogwood to enter a guilty plea to 2nd degree murder, is fair based on a lack of premeditation when he gunned down Ryan McCarthy, 19, in a Westside park. But the McCarthy family wanted Hogwood, 20, to serve much more time. McCarthy's father, brother and sister all read statements to Judge Michael Weatherby. McCarthy's mother, Fiely McCarthy, had a family friend read her statement before the court. Their impassioned pleas did not sway the judge. "I feel victimized by the system." said John McCarthy outside the courtroom. "They know how I feel. I feel a proper investigation was never done." "It's devastated us all, all of us," said Fiely McCarthy. "John Hogwood deserved life. He didn't get life. My son didn't get to live except until his 19th birthday." John Dogwood's mother says her family is hurting as well. "This is a tragedy that strikes both families." Deborah Hogwood told First Coast News outside the courtroom. Hogwood says her son's little girl still doesn't understand that her dad won't be coming home anytime soon. But the fact that Hogwood will be able to come home someday brings little closure for a family that's seen so much. "I'm not asking for the death penalty." says Fiely McCarthy. "I'm just asking for what's fair."

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