A Jefferson County judge re-sentenced 34-year-old Audra Akins to 40 addition years behind bars for the attempted murder of British tourist Margaret Jagger, shorter than the original sentence of life in prison.
“The court finds the only appropriate sentence consistent with the evidence that is fair and just to our justice system is the 40 year statute.”
In a robbery gone bad, Jagger and her late partner Gary Colley were at a North Florida rest area.
Jagger returned from the United Kingdom to face her assailant. “Aundra made another bad decision to fire a loaded gun into the vehicle turning our holiday into hell.”
A lot of things have changed in 20 years including the rest area where the shooting happened.
Reliving the nightmare 20 years later struck fresh emotions with Jagger. “It’s very strange its 20 years tomorrow, that Gary died. So, it’s pretty emotional.”
Akins says he has changed and asked Jagger to forgive him. “I’m not the kid I was once before I’m a grown man and I want to make a difference and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Akins was 14 when he pulled the trigger, he’ll be 85 if he lives until the end of his sentence.
Akins was re-sentenced due to a Supreme Court Ruling saying life in prison ruling for a child as young as Akins was is unconstitutional.