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Judge sends man to prison for life in Florida road rage case

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Florida man who sought to have a murder charge against him will be dropped on the basis of the state’s stand-your-ground law is on the way to the prison.

On Tuesday, a judge in Daytona Beach, convicted 64-year-old Robert Gelles to life in prison, saying he showed no remorse in the fatal shooting of 44-year-old Joseph Bailey III in September 2015.

A jury found Gelles guilty of second-degree murder on Oct. 20. He faced a minimum of 25 years in prison. But the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/2hHi56G reports to Circuit Judge Terence Perkins handed down the life sentence. He said that the shooting was, nor to justify or apologize.

Witnesses testified that Bailey and Gelles drive as if they were involved in a road rage incident the confrontation took place in Port Orange.

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Information: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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