Miami Gardens Man, 24, Gets 48 Years For The Fatal Shooting Of FAU Student

The 24-year-old gunman in the 2015 fatal shooting and robbery of a Florida Atlantic University student has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

Alexander Gillis, of Miami Gardens, was sentenced Wednesday, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. 


Police said Gillis and four others planned to rob FAU student Nicholas Acosta, 19, of his marijuana stash in a botched drug deal in December 2015.

Gillis shot Acosta twice after ordering him and his girlfriend to the ground, authorities say.

Donovan Henry, 20, of Miramar, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in January after being convicted of second-degree murder.


Rodrick Woods and Gillis' cousin, Adonis Gillis, have both previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for their parts in the robbery and await sentencing.

Woods (left), Gillis (right)

A fifth suspect has not been publicly identified or arrested.

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