A Florida man refused to delete sexually explicit images of himself with his tattoo-covered boyfriend. That led the tattoo-covered man to become a murderer.
The killer is now spending decades behind bars.
Recently, a Florida judge sentenced Benjamin Paige, 24, to 35 in prison for killing Terence Brown in Lehigh Acres. Paige was convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm, according to WINK News.
The shooting happened in May 2020.
When he was arrested, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno called Paige a “violent thug,” according to the News-Press. Paige was well known to law enforcement and was released from prison shortly before the killing.
He had served a four-year term on a weapon charge.
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Paige is also known for having his face covered in tattoos. Several of his mugshots show the art, including a person holding a rifle tattooed across his forehead.
Brown and Paige were involved in a sexual relationship, and police did not consider it to be a hate crime.
"Our victim was a male and he had a sexual relationship with the suspect," Marceno said, according to the News-Press. "There was an acquaintance relationship."
Brown was found in the front yard of his home. He had been shot multiple times, the News-Press noted. Witnesses said Brown left the home with the intention of meeting an acquaintance, and while outside he was fatally shot.
Paige and Brown were together and Paige got mad when Brown refused to delete sexually explicit images of the two, the News-Press noted.
Brown’s criminal history in Charlotte County, Florida, included theft, narcotics, weapons and burglary charges, according to the News-Press.
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