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Courtney Schulhoff
Courtney Schulhoff
After a Seminole County, Fla., jury in 2006 found Courtney Schulhoff, 18, guilty of first degree murder in the death of her father, a judge delivered her sentence without delay: life without the possibility of parole. Schulhoff, who had been accused of telling her boyfriend Michael Morin to beat her sleeping father to death with a softball bat, then stunned the courtroom by openly stating that it had been she, not Michael Morin, who had killed her father. However, no physical evidence had been found connecting Schulhoff to the murder weapon, and in a later trial, Morin was also found guilty of first degree murder. Prosecutors argued that the couple had conspired to commit the crime, but that Schulhoff, who had reportedly had a tumultuous relationship with her father, was the mastermind. After going to the movies together, the pair proceeded to the condo where Schulhoff and her father lived. As a precaution, Schulhoff, then 16, led her father's dog outside, while Morin went in and beat the man to death while he lay in his bed. Now prisoner 154495 at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Fla., Schulhoff has obtained a G.E.D., an architectural drafting certificate, as well as law clerk certification and is now working in the prison's law library. She also teaches a creative writing class for inmates and has published an autobiography.
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