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Jimmy Rodgers has been sentenced to Life in Prison

Posted at 7:49 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 22:47:44-05

UPDATE (3:45 PM)-- Jimmy Rodgers has been sentenced to Life in Prison for the death of Teresa Sievers.

UPDATE (2:15 PM) -- Jimmy Rodgers’ older brother, Jackie Rodgers, was next on the stand.

Jackie says he grew up with a loving mother, but after Jimmy Rodgers was born, things changed. He says their mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, struggled with her mental issues and had a drinking problem.

UPDATE (2:00 PM) -- The sentencing hearing for Jimmy Rodgers is under way.

Rodgers entered the courtroom wearing his jail jumpsuit and in handcuffs.

The state called witness Tina Carver to the stand. The forensic supervisor says she conducted a latent examination on Rodgers' fingerprints.

Next up was Teresa Sievers' mother, Mary Ann Groves. She addressed the court, surrounded by Teresa's siblings. Groves says Teresa's loss has impacted many people, especially her daughters. Groves requested the court sentence Rodgers with the maximum penalty.

The state then rested its case.

Sievers family asks judge for maximum sentence for JImmy Rodgers

LEE COUNTY, Fla -- As we await to learn if Mark Sievers will in fact get the death penalty that the jury recommended, sentencing for Jimmy Rodgers will begin Thursday.

A jury convicted Rodgers of second-degree murder in October, for helping carry out the killing of Dr. Teresa Sievers.

Unlike the penalty phase for Mark Sievers which took place Tuesday, the death penalty is not on the table for Jimmy Rodgers with a second-degree murder charge. Instead, the state will try and prove that he should get life in prison.

However, similar to Mark Sievers' penalty phase, we do expect Teresa Sievers' family to take the stand again to give impact statements.

We can expect more emotional moments in the courtroom, just as we saw during impact statements for mark's trial.

"The weekend of June 26, 2015 started as one of the happiest weekends of my life. I was on vacation with my four children. I always ended these family visits with a photo of all of us. But little did I realize that that would be the last family photo I would take with all my children,” said Teresa Sievers’ mother, Mary Ann Groves.

Rodgers was one of Mark Sievers’ conspirators who helped carry out the murder of Teresa Sievers. The other man who helped kill her was Mark's best friend, Curtis Wright, who agreed to a plea deal for a 25-year sentence.

Sentencing for Jimmy Rodgers is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m.