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    His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no "political value" and not worthy of a few minutes of his time.

    They spoke out as teenager Shawn Tyson began a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of James Cooper and James Kouzaris last April.

    The 17 year old, who shot the men as they begged for their lives, will die in prison.

    His conviction of first degree murder carries an mandatory life sentence without the chance of parole.

    The powerfully built teen even looked bored as emotional DVD presentations about the dead men prepared by their grieving parents were shown in court.
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    Tyson, who has the word 'Savage' tattooed across his chest didn't show a flicker of emotion, slumping in his seat as he was forced to watch a montage of photos showing the victims from early childhood to young men.

    Two close friends of the dead men who had attended the eight day trial in Sarasota, Florida. had also delivered highly emotional impact statements to the court prior to the sentencing.

    Paul Davies and Joe Hallett spoke of the "living hell" they and others who knew the men had suffered since the murders.

    During the eight day trial they had been shown graphic crime scene and autopsy photos shown in court.

    Later speaking after Tyson was jailed Davies and Hallett lashed out at Mr Obama saying the deaths of their friends was "not worthy of ten minutes of his time."

    Davies said:"We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself.

    "Mr Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply.

    "It would perhaps appear that Mr Obama sees no political value in facilitating such a request or that the lives of two British
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