Fla.'s Crist apologizes for not teling family of killer's release

Acknowledging the state did wrong by failing to notify the family of a slain grocer who crusaded against drugs that his killer was being released from prison last year, Gov. Charlie Crist tried to make up for the mistake Monday.

He sent a personal note of apology to the family of Lee Lawrence, who was gunned down in front of his Miami-area store in 1989. The letter was delivered by Walter A. McNeil, secretary of the state Department of Corrections, which failed to send out standard letters notifying the Lawrences that Bobbie Lee Robinson was going to be released.

Robinson, a one-time drug dealer, orchestrated Lee's killing; he was released April 1, 2007, Lee Lawrence's birthday.

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