Konrad Schafer, 18, gets life for killing 2 ‘for fun’

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The man who pleaded guilty to two murders in an Osceola County shooting spree in 2013 got life in prison Friday in a Kissimmee courtroom.

  • Konrad Schafer pleaded guilty to 2 counts of 1st-degree murder
  • Deadly shooting spree in Osceola County in 2013

Schafer pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in January. In exchange for the plea deal, he had all other charges dropped.

Schafer was one of four accused of being involved in the killing of two people in 2013. At the time he was arrested, police said Schafer killed David Guerrero and Eric Roopnarine "for fun."

“We saw him dead lying there," said Kripanand Ramnarein, Roopnarine’s grandfather. "Me and my two daughters. And I’ll never get that out of my brain. So he has to pay the time now.”

With the help of a sign language interpreter, Konrad Schafer’s mother, Karen Craven, explained that her son was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 8 and claimed he was bullied because of his appearance during treatments.

Craven said her son never received any counseling and that the chemotherapy made him more emotional. “The doctor had explained that it was possible that his behavior would change because of it,” Craven said.

A GED teacher and a chaplain at the Osceola County Jail also testified, talking about Schafer’s personality and character in jail.

While in court, Schafer took the stand and apologized for his actions. The families of the victims did not think this was a genuine apology.

“I was 15 at the time, and I am really sorry for the things I’ve done. I know I did wrong, and my apology don’t mean nothing to you, and I know they ain’t going to change how you feel about me,” Schafer said.

Guerrero’s brother Alexander Echeverry also took the stand and explained his mother had to leave the country because she could not handle the loss of her son.

“She’s traumatized. She’s right now in Colombia. She’s been there for like a year and a half already and she’s been going though a lot. But now I have to call her later on. She’s going to be really happy for this,” Echeverry said of the sentence.

Because Schafer was a juvenile at the time of the crime, he does have the possibility of getting his sentences reduced after 25 years.

Two of Schafer’s accomplices were also convicted.

Juan Muriel received a 10-year prison sentence as part of a plea deal for his testimony. David Damus was convicted of first-degree murder last year. The other suspect, Victoria Rios, is still awaiting trial.

(Clockwise L-R) Konrad Schafer, Victoria Rios, Juan Sebastian Muriel and David Damus were arrested July 9, 2013 and charged with 1st-degree murder, home invasion with a firearm and grand theft for the murder of Eric Roopnarine. (PHOTOS/Osceola County Sheriff’s Office)

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