Man In Dunkin Donuts Shooting Spree Gets 9 Life Terms

WEST PALM BEACH  (CBSMiami) – A Lauderhill man convicted in July of a shooting spree at a Palm Beach County Dunkin Donuts store will die in prison, after he was sentenced Friday to 9 life terms for the crimes involved in the spree, 5 of which will run consecutively. His response was to laugh at one of his victims.

James Herard couldn’t legally buy a beer the day in 2008 when he entered the Delray Beach Dunkin Donuts store and opened fire. When he was done, victims lay sprawled across the floor, but nobody died.

Herard was convicted of 19 counts, including multiple counts of attempted First Degree murder.

Sentencing on the charges was set for Friday in Palm Beach Circuit Court, after his victims had a chance to speak.

One victim, 75-year-old Gerald Lakin, held a towel he used to wipe away the drool caused by injuries he received in the shooting. He was one of three people Herard shot in the face during the attacks.

When Lakin told the judge Herard should never again be in free society, Herard laughed out loud.

Herard, who delivered how own closing statement to the jury during his trial, was also sentenced to 5 20 year sentenced for aggravated assault, to be served concurrently, and 5 sentences of 5 years each for using a gun while committing false imprisonment.

In all, Herard will serve life plus 125 years.

In court Friday, he seemed unconcerned about the sentence or about his victims.

“I feel sorry for the victims,” Herard said, “but if it wasn’t them, it would have been someone else.”

  • Erick

    How is it possible to serve life + 125 years…. lol other then that the guy has mental problems but eh, who doesn’t now-a-days?

  • Clo56

    Life? Please! He will have air-conditioning in summer and heat in winter. Three square meals a day,hot water and a place to sleep. This at a cost to tax payers of approximately 65K a year. Justice? No. Justice would be death. This piece of trash deserves to die.

    • Kay

      Agreed 100%. Sometimes the judicial system can be so disappointing!!!!

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  • Duh, Dud, Duhhhh!

    just kill him already!!! why wait 125 years?! Hello???!

  • lmmd

    no with this guy’s attitude in jail? it’s a matter of years before someone gets him

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