LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Nearly five years to the day after Robert Dunn killed his estranged wife in a Cape Coral daycare, a judge has sentenced him to life in prison.
Dunn showed no emotion as the First Degree Murder sentence was read. He also received a life sentence for the burglary charge, and a five-year sentence for child abuse.
On January 25, 2008, Dunn walked into the Bobbie Noonan daycare and shot his wife, Christine, in front of several children, including the couples two-year-old daughter. The jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching a guilty verdict in late November. They recommended a life sentence after a five-day penalty phase in December.
Christine Dunn's parents Thomas and Kathleen Lozier have custody of their granddaughter. Kathleen Lozier addressed the court Monday saying, "Allyson will always have those final memories of her mother lying in a pool of blood. Yes Rob she does remember."
Judge Margaret Steinbeck asked Dunn if he would like to give a statement, to which he replied, "I would like to your Honor. I just can't."
Christine's father spoke to WINK News following the sentencing hearing. Thomas Lozier said, "He hurt us very badly. He took something very precious and very dear from us and nothing is going to repair that, nothing."
Dunn's attorney, David Brener, released a statement regarding the sentencing that said, in part, "Given the overwhelming amount of mitigating circumstances that were presented during the penalty phase, including the fact that Mr. Dunn suffered from severe, untreated mental illness for many years before the homicide, the jury properly found that this first degree murder case was not an appropriate case for the death penalty, and was not the 'worst of the worst' of homicides."