UPDATED: Third Man Pleads Guilty In Homeless Murder

The third man charged with beating and then gutting a homeless man with a broken beer bottle has pleaded guilty in court.

Jason Blackmon was the last of three to plead guilty for the murder of Mike Kozak last summer.

Blackmon pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

He will spend at least 37-1/2 years in prison for the murder.

In April Dustin Newcome pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 24-29 years in prison. Two months before that Jay Oldaker also pleaded guilty in return for his testimony. He is still awaiting sentencing.

Kozak was beaten over the head with a pipe and tree limb, and then gutted with a broken beer bottle at at homeless camp in Jacksonville.

His attorney told the judge that Blackmon was dared by one of the others to cut the victim's stomach open and pull his intestines out.


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  • by T on Jun 20, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    Oh you guys forgot to say thugs.
  • by tHe BzzNeSS Location: home-less on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Now let's see how bad these three murderers are in prison! I dare them to remain untouched for 40 years. Those pretty boys will wish someone had gutted them in a few short months of "real prison".
  • by jojo on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    This is sickening. Take a life that was bothering them,how sick, this is all they get, Hope Kozak comes back to haunt them.
  • by antoneo on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    bubba will take care of him
  • by To Anon Location: NC on Jun 19, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Well said!!!
  • by walter Location: washington on Jun 19, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    We should turn him loose and purchase him a house next to where his lawyer resides.
  • by to anon on Jun 19, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    YOU ROCK!!!!
  • by Yucko on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    That is sick, they do not belong in our streets, citys or sidewalks. For that matter any killers do not deserve to be in the sewers of our cities. Death is the only way for this sick mess.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    Eye for a eye is what's needed in this case.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    Death Penalty and nothing less. Doesn't matter if the person was homeless or successful, they had no right to take a life and they gave up their right to live.
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