Man takes 40-year deal for cold case murders
Man takes 40-year deal for central Florida cold case murders from 1980s
A man who told police that he was responsible for a pair of unsolved Lakeland homicides from the 1980s has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors, 48-year-old Anthony Jackson pleaded no contest earlier this month to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted robbery.
Reports say that Jackson's conviction is related to the 1984 slaying of William Clark Ford Jr. and the 1985 killing of 16-year-old Sharon Cheryl Boyce.
For years, the two fatal shootings remained cold cases until Jackson called 911 on Dec. 10, 2011, and asked officers to meet him on a street corner in Tampa.
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