(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) – A 25-year-old Greenacres man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery of a man in 2017.
Judge Howard Coates ordered Jeffrey Joseph to serve a life sentence after the fatal shooting of Allen Record. Joseph also was consecutively sentenced to a minimum of 10 years on the robbery conviction in the four-day trial in West Palm Beach.
The incident took place back in 2017 after the victim and his friend answered a local Craigslist ad for the sale of a motorcycle. Record and his friend were approached by two armed, masked men. Record was shot and killed during the robbery and his cellphone was stolen. Investigators said the phone was later located in the path of the suspect’s flight from the scene with Joseph’s fingerprints on it.
During the trial prosecutors alleged that Joseph attempted to tamper with the jury through an outside party. The judge accepted a motion that Joseph’s cellphone, mail and visitation privileges be revoked for the remainder of the trial. He also was put in isolation.