3 That was Judge Adrian Soud, explaining his reasoning for handing down the DEATH sentence to Rodney Newberry today. The Judge also sentenced Newberry to 25 years to life for armed robbery. Newberry, along with two others, robbed and killed Terrese Stevens, outside a night club in 2009. Stevens was married... and father of two. Channel 4's Ashley Harding has been following today's court proceedings... Ashley, clearly the judge thought a death sentence was appropriate in this case.... 3 3 3 He did. In fact, Newberry's extensive criminal record was part of the decision today....which includes another shooting back in the 1990's...plus he tried to kill two police officers just a few months after this murder. Today in court, Newberry showed no emotion. 3 00-0511-1653-571:28-1:34TRACK With an obvious smirk on his face....Rodney Newberry entered the courtroom to learn his fate for the 2009 murder of Terrese Pernell Stevens. 18:14--18:27 "the defendant deliberately and consciously pulled the trigger of the devastating weapon that was utilized to tragically end the life of Mr. Stevens."TRACK With Pernell Stevens' family there in the courtroom, Judge Adrian Soud handed down the stiffest sentence possible. 27:17--27:22 "upon which date you will be executed in a manner and by method provided by Florida law." 28:16--28:20 "mr. Newberry, may God have mercy upon you."TRACK Newberry was found guilty of robbing Stevens along with two others...and shooting him multiple times with an AK-47, killing him. He left behind two young children.44:05--44:15 We tend to overlook sometimes the victim and the victim's family. This was an innocent man who just happened to be outside a club. All he was doing was sitting in his car."TRACK As part of the proceedings, Judge Soud discussed several possible mitigating factors...including Newberry's history of depression, mood swings, and the death of his father years ago. He decided none applied in the case.45:30--45:33 "I think it was, I think the punishment fit the crime."TRACK Also in the courtroom was pastor and community activist Kenneth Adkins...who has long advocated for more death sentences in black-on-black crime. He hopes today's decision sends a clear message,46:26--46:36 "as you know, we're attempting to take some kids to see death row. We want them to get the message. That's the only way that they're going to really realize. When you do something stupid, this is what happens. TRACK Although they were too emotional to speak on camera, Pernell Stevens' family said they felt justice was served. Others involved in the case agreed.43:32--43:43 "I think he is a menace to society. I think we are all safer now that he is locked up and I hope the death penalty is imposed in a timely manner." 3 Newberry's conviction will be automatically appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, as is standard with first degree murder cases, with or without a death penalty. Live, AH, Ch 4, TLS. 3 Ashley, speaking of the appeal process ...did the prosecution say anything about if it's concerned the death sentence could be overturned?