A 28-year-old convicted sex offender is now a convicted murderer.
Kendrick Herring of Miramar was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder after stabbing his 51-year-old father to death through his eyes in their home in 2007.
According to the Associated Press, Herring's lawyers argued the killing was due to insanity, while prosecutors maintained the murder was drug-fueled. His conviction warrants a mandatory life sentence in prison, which will be handed down to him on August 25.
News reports at the time of the killing say his father's ex-wife had planned to bring him dinner one night in August 2007.
The ex-wife called police, and she, along with her other son, went with the cops over to Herring's house to find out where he was.
Herring reportedly opened the door, saw the cops, and immediately shut the door.
That's when Herring's brother opened the door and ran into the house, where he found his father's body on the floor. Meanwhile, Herring ran out of the house but was arrested shortly thereafter by police.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that during the trial, Herring admitted to striking his father, apparently out of anger, then stabbing him through the eyes until he died.
Florida Department of Corrections records show Herring was convicted of sexual battery and false imprisonment in 2003 and was sentenced to five years of sex-offender probation.
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