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'Hiccup Girl' Jennifer Mee Guilty Of Murder
A woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccuping as a teenager has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
Jennifer Mee, 22, lured Shannon Griffin to a home under the pretence of buying marijuana in October 2010 before her two male friends reportedly robbed him at gunpoint.
Mr Griffin struggled with the men and was shot several times.
A jury in Pinellas County, Florida, deliberated for four hours on Friday night before delivering the guilty verdict.
Mee wept in the courtroom as it was read and she must now serve life in prison without parole.
The prosecutors did not claim Mee set out to kill someone.
But under Florida law, if someone participates in a robbery and someone is killed as a result, they are as guilty of murder as if they had pulled the trigger.
As a 15-year-old, Mee developed a case of the hiccups that wouldn't go away.
Videos of her hiccuping up to 50 times a minute, and of her trying to quell the hiccups, gained her national attention in 2007.
She tried home remedies and consulted medical specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, until the hiccups finally stopped on their own.