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Waits gets five life sentences for killing Tampa teens

Waits gets five life sentences for killing Tampa teens

TAMPA — A man who murdered two South Tampa teens will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a judge Friday gave him five life sentences “for these brutal crimes.”

Charles Stephan Waits was convicted last month of murdering Kiara Brito, 16, and her brother, Jeremi, 13, during a home invasion robbery on June 5, 2011. Jurors in Waits’ trial rejected claims by Waits that he was forced to participate in the robbery by Tavari Grant and fled the house before Grant killed the teens.

Days after Waits was convicted, prosecutors dropped charges against Grant citing insufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

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