Yesterday it took a Florida jury less than 30 minutes to decide that John Ditullio, a 24 year-old neo-Nazi, deserved life in prison without parole for stabbing a 17 year-old boy to death because he was gay.
Earlier on Thursday, Ditullio spoke directly to the jury during his sentencing at the West Pasco County Courthouse. “I’m not going to beg you for my life. Do what you do… but the people that just sat up here and testified that they love me, that’s what I ask you to render your verdict on. Not me,” Ditullio said. Each day during the trial, a makeup artist was paid up to $150 to cover Ditullio’s tattoos, which include a Nazi swastika, barbed wire and an expletive. On Thursday, the makeup artist was there, but attorneys told the judge that Ditullio didn’t want to wear any makeup. Late Wednesday night, Ditullio was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say he broke into a mobile home in New Port Richey of 2006 and fatally stabbed Kristofer King, 17, because he was gay, and injured Patricia Wells because she was friends with a black man.
Ditullio’s attorney plan to appeal.