Jason Beckman, Convicted in Murder of South Miami Commissioner Father, to Be Sentenced

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    Sentencing was delayed Tuesday for a South Florida man facing life in prison after he was convicted of murder in the shooting death of his politician father.

    Jason Beckman, 22, was scheduled to be sentenced at a hearing Tuesday in Miami-Dade in the 2009 shooting death of Jay Beckman, a South Miami city commissioner.

    Jury Finds Beckman Guilty of Father's Murder

    [MI] Jury Finds Jason Beckman Guilty of First-Degree Murder in 2009 Killing of South Miami Commissioner Father
    Jurors on Monday found Jason Beckman guilty of first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of his father, a South Miami city commissioner. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013)

    Beckman was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting in November and faces between 25 years and life behind bars.

    The sentencing was also delayed in June.

    Opening Statements Begin in Jason Beckman Trial

    [MI] Opening Statements Begin in Jason Beckman Trial
    Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Jason Beckman, accused of murdering his father, a South Miami city commissioner. Jason Beckman, now 21, faces first-degree murder charges for killing father Jay Beckman in 2009. NBC 6's Sharon Lawson has the report. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013)

    Jason Beckman was originally charged with manslaughter with a firearm after he told police that he had just wanted to show the gun to his father, but he slipped and fell causing the gun to fire. The charges were upgraded to first-degree murder after friends and family came forward saying the then-17-year-old had talked of killing his father.

    A search of the son's belongings showed the former South Miami High junior had compiled a hit list of enemies, with his dad's name on the top, authorities said.

    Defense attorneys had argued that Jason Beckman didn't shoot the gun intentionally.

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