Mayor Buckhorn Statement on Morris Sentencing

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn released the statement below in response to the sentencing today of Dontae Morris. Morris was convicted in November 2013 for the murders of Tampa Police Officers Dave Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab.

“Our entire community was changed the day that Dontae Morris took the lives of our officers. Each step along the way has brought us to where we are today. It began with the manhunt and later the arrest of Morris, and in November, with one voice, the jury said that he will never have the opportunity to inflict evil on our community again. With today’s sentencing, there is justice and finally, closure.

“After it all, let’s choose to celebrate the lives of Dave and Jeff, and to be grateful for the years they shared with their families, their friends, and our community.”