Clearwater, FL — Florida’s “hiccup girl” Jennifer Mee was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday night. She will serve life in prison without parole for the conviction.
The Inquisitr reported this week that Mee was on trial for the murder of Shannon Griffin, a 22-year-old Wal-Mart employee.
The 22-year-old Florida woman became famous at the age of 15 for her non-stop hiccups. She appeared on several TV shows, including the Today show, where she met country singer Keith Urban.
She tried several home remedies, and consulted several sources including a hypnotist, an acupuncturist, and medical specialists. Her hiccups eventually went away, though they still appear at times.
While Mee’s initial fame may have been fairly innocent, her new notoriety is certainly not. The so-called hiccup girl allegedly lured Shannon Griffin to a home in St. Petersburg in 2010, claiming she wanted to buy marijuana. However, two of the hiccup girl’s friends robbed him at gunpoint instead.
Griffin fought them and was shot and killed. CNN reports that Mee was arrested in 2010 for her part in the murder. A jury in Pinellas County deliberated for four hours before they delivered the verdict against Mee.
After the verdict was read, ABC News notes that Judge Nancy Moate Ley told the court the only sentence possible for Jennifer Mee was life in prison without the possibility of parole. The 22-year-old wept while the verdict was read and as she was led out of the courtroom to a jail cell.
Mee’s counterparts in the murder were also arrested with her hours after Griffin’s body was discovered. All three were charged with first-degree murder, though police indicated the famous hiccup girl didn’t pull the trigger. Laron Raiford was already found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Mee’s second counterpart, Lamont Newton, has not yet gone to trial.