TODAY   |  September 21, 2013

‘Hiccup girl’ guilty of murder

Her seemingly incurable hiccups made headlines six years ago, and now Jennifer Mee, also known as “hiccup girl,” is back in the spotlight, but this time, it’s with a guilty murder verdict. TODAY’s Thomas Roberts reports.

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>>> news that broke overnight. a dark new chapter for a young woman we featured on our show several years ago. she gained national attention when she couldn't stop hiccupping for weeks. thomas roberts is here with an update.

>> good morning. to talk about that news about jennifer is known as the hiccup girl and faced a first-degree murder charge for the death of a florida man and, late last night, she learned her fate.

>> reporter: late friday night, after four hours of deliberation, a florida jury found jennifer meek guilty of first-degree murder.

>> adjudicate you guilty and sentence you to life in prison without parole .

>> reporter: causing her to break down in tiers. it's just the latest chapter for jennifer who came to prominent in 2007 appearing here on "today."

>> i know this started january 23rd . first science class out of nowhere. first, it was funny but it's not any more.

>> not at all.

>> reporter: she was a 15-year-old with an unusual case of the hiccups that last more than five weeks. but in 2010 , prosecutors say she lured shaun i don't know griffin where two men robbed him and in a struggle shot him four times. she spoke to "today" about the crime while awaiting her trial.

>> i took the path of the devil, i really did, instead of keeping my faith with the lord, i let the devil overcome me.

>> reporter: her attorneys argued she was an innocent bystander and now she will have 30 days to appeal. as for the other the defendants in the case, one was sentenced to life in prison last month. lamont newton's case has not yet gone to trial. more to come from that one.