St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Email editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message
 

Sentence is life for 2 killings with a pickup

A man ran down his ex-wife and her mother.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published December 10, 2006


ADVERTISEMENT

PENSACOLA - A 72-year-old man received two consecutive life sentences plus 50 more years for running over his ex-wife and her mother with his pickup truck and then trying to kill rescue workers.

Circuit Judge Ron Swanson sentenced Carl Bryan - who pleaded no contest to first-degree murder - on Friday after the state decided not seek the death penalty because Bryan was deemed mentally ill.

Bryan ran over his ex-wife, Becky Ann Langford, 59, and her mother, Queen Victoria Franklin, 84, early on March 14, 2004.

Just past midnight, he crashed his truck into Langford's bedroom. Then, as Langford and her mother left the other side of the house, he ran them down and killed them.

He also tried to run down paramedics and firefighters at the scene.

Langford and Bryan were married in October 1998 and separated in December 2001. Their divorce was final in March 2003.

Before the sentencing, relatives of the two women tearfully asked Swanson to sentence Bryan to life.

Initially, Bryan was found not to be competent for trial. He received treatment at a state mental hospital in Chattahoochee for a little more than 18 months before state experts deemed him fit for trial.

 

 

[Last modified December 10, 2006, 00:52:15]


Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT