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Local man sentenced to life for Orange Park hotel murder

Joseph Clark Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a man at the Rodeway Inn in 2012. (Florida State Attorney's Office, 2013)
Joseph Clark Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a man at the Rodeway Inn in 2012. (Florida State Attorney's Office, 2013)
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Updated: 6/20/2013 9:45 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Joseph Clark Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a man at the Rodeway Inn in 2012.

Thompson, 23, was sentenced today for the killing of 49-year-old Andrew Stiekman in November of last year. Prosecutors say Thompson and an accomplice, John Buskager, robbed and strangled Stiekman.

Deputies recovered text messages they say show Thompson and Buskager planned the crime for weeks.

Prosecutors say the defendants and the victim were roommates. Buskager pleaded guilty to second degree murder, he will be sentenced in September.



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Realchange - 6/21/2013 2:32 PM
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Recovered without search warrant most likely since that part is quicky skipped over. It's good that criminal who murder are off the streets. The bad part is the USA is becomming a police state like China in the early 80's. Police can have super tinted windows for their safety you cannot to dangerous for them. Police can text and drive cause and accident and not be charged points on their liscences. Police can kill their dogs in hot cars not go to jail just get an adminstrative review. Police can get the wrong address kill and innocent man protecting himself from what he believes a break in and it's ok again reviewed and dimissed. If you want be the new mafia join the police force. You enforce the laws and can break them with impunity. Heaven forbid if the rest police dont like you and discriminate against you and you want record them doing that illegal activity.
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