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Two Teens Sentenced In Death Of Tourist

Sat., Nov. 4, 1995

Two teenagers were sentenced Friday - one of them to life in prison - for the murder of a British tourist whose slaying helped tarnish Florida’s billion-dollar tourism industry.

John “Billy Joe” Crumitie, 18, must serve at least 25 years before he’s eligible for parole in the slaying of Gary Colley.

The 34-year-old Englishman was killed during a bungled 1993 robbery at an Interstate 10 rest stop near Monticello, about 35 miles east of Tallahassee.

A 19-year-old whose testimony helped convict Crumitie, Deron “Lowlife” Spear, got eight years in prison for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and being an accessory.

Colley was one of 10 foreign tourists slain in Florida in a 12-month crime spree.

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