Saturday, October 29, 2011

Whatever happened to. . . ? #34

The following animal cruelty cases were recently resolved in Orange County:

Dennard, James
2010-CF-008801-B-O
Cruelty to Animals (12 cts)
Defendant & co-Defendant Latosha Tullis' alleged neglect and starvation resulted in the death of two dogs and left several others in exceptionally poor condition
Pled no contest to 9 counts and was adjudicated guilty.  Defendant was sentenced to 51 weeks jail w/credit 109 days time served.

Tullis, Latosha
2010-CF-008801-A-O
Cruelty to Animals (12 cts)
Defendant & co-Defendant James Dennard's alleged neglect and starvation resulted in the death of two dogs and left several others in exceptionally poor condition.
Pled no contest to 2 counts and was adjudicated guilty.  Defendant was sentenced to 1 day in jail w/credit for 1 day time served, 24 months probation, and 75 hours of community service.

Hughey, Harley Edward
2010-CF-008625-A-O
Cruelty to Animals
Defendant allegedly killed his girlfriend's pet rabbit after he was kicked out of her parents' home and camped in woods behind their house - Defendant allegedly threatened to kill her & her family as well
Pled no contest, adjudicated guilty.  Defendant was sentenced to 51 weeks jail w/credit 71 days time served; 3 years probation; anger management; not permitted to possess animals; undergo mental health evaluation/treatment w/in 120 days; and ordered to have no contact w/victim or her family.

Nelson, Justin Randall
2010-CF-009299-A-O
Cruelty to Animals; Confinement of Animals w/o Food/Water
Pled no contest to both counts, adjudication was withheld.  Defendant was sentenced to 6 months jail w/credit 1 day time served; 1 year probation; and 200 hours community service.

Potter, Michael Joseph
2010-CF-003864-A-O
Burglary of Dwelling; Cruelty to Animals
Defendant allegedly bludgeoned his neighbor's puppy with a hammer (the dog had to be euthanized)
Defendant pled no contest to animal cruelty & adjudication was withheld.  Burglary charge was nolle prossed.  Defendant was sentenced to 101 days jail w/credit 101 days time served; 5 yrs probation; and 100 hours community service.

Starkweather, Adrian John
2010-CF-005428-A-O
Cruelty to Animals
Defendant allegedly beat a 4 month old puppy which resulted in severe injury to the puppy's leg
Pled no contest, adjudicated guilty.  Defendant was sentenced to 80 days jail w/credit for 80 days time served; 3 yrs probation

Brezil, Stephen Anthony
2010-CF-015369-A-O
Theft (8cts); Cruelty to Animals (4cts)
Defendant allegedly stole black swans from Lake Eola and posted them for sale on craigslist
Pled no contest to 4 cts of Theft; no action taken on animal cruelty chgs; other counts nolle prossed.  Defendant was sentenced to 1 day jail w/credit 1 day time served; 36 months probation; and 150 hours of community service.

Smart, Geoffre Peter
2011-CF-009730-A-O
Theft; Cause Cruel Death/Pain/Suffering; Grand Larcey of Farm Animal / Aquaculture Species
Defendant allegedly stole a swan from Lake Eola - OPD followed a trail of feathers from the lake to his home to arrest him
No action was taken on animal charges.  Defendant pled to felony theft and was sentenced to 4 days jail w/credit for 4 days time served; 1 year probation; 6 months community control; and 150 hours of community service.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Whatever happened to . . . ? #33

Today we're featuring domestic violence related cases.  Note that only one individual was sentenced to time in DOC....

Johnson, Carla
2009-CF-012133-A-O
2nd Degree Murder
Defendant allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death at a boarding house
Pled to manslaughter w/weapon, adjudicated guilty.  Sentenced to 15 yrs DOC w/credit 1 year 319 days time served

Harp, Cedric
2009-CF-018200-A-O
Manslaughter; Battery DV
Defendant (age 33) turned himself in to OPD after he allegedly killed his wife - Defendant has had 47 felony arrests. Two children in the home at the time were sleeping.
Pled no contest to Manslaughter – adjudicated guilty.  Battery DV charge dropped.  Sentenced to 6 months jail w/credit 80 days time served; 5 yrs probation.  See previous blog here

Garcia, Reyes
2011-CF-000711-A-O
Shoot/Throw Missile into Dwelling; Improper Exhibition of Weapon; Att Agg Assault w/Deadly Weapon.
Defendant allegedly almost shot his 8-yr old grandson during an argument with his 2 adult sons
Pled no contest to Count 1 – adjudication was withheld; other counts dropped; sentenced to 24 months probation.

Ertel, Allen M
2011-CF-000631-A-O
Agg Assault w/Deadly Weapon; Resist Officer w/o Violence (2cts); Criminal Mischief
Defendant allegedly kicked his way out of an OCSO patrol car window & briefly escaped after being arrested for a DV-related Agg Assault w/Firearm
Pled no contest to Resist Officer w/o Violence & Criminal Mischief – adjudicated guilty; other counts dropped.  Sentenced to 153 days jail w/credit 153 days time served; 6 months probation.

Johnson, Bryant
1994-CF-003095-A-O
1st Degree Murder; Armed Burglary
Defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity two years after the 1994 the ax murder of his 75-yr old father after the father evicted him from the home
Case was dismissed – defendant adjudged insane.

Cabrera, Sonia
2011-CF-008826-A-O
Agg Battery
Defendant & her boyfriend (former NFL player Daryl Gardener 2011MM294E) were arrested at UCF after she allegedly threw a bottle at him & hit him with a tire iron when arguing about another woman.
No information notice filed – case dropped.

Reiger, George C Jr
2011-CF-009134-A-O
False Imprisonment; Battery Dating Violence; Criminal Mischief
Defendant, known as the "Disney Guy" because of 2200+ head-to-toe Diseny tattoos, allegedly assaulted assaulted his girlfriend while at a Disney hotel
No information notice filed – case dropped.

Phillips, Dion Jordain
2011-CF-007783-A-O
Att Assault w/Firearm; Att Kidnapping
Defendant allegedly threatened his girlfriend and attempted to kidnap her after she found a text message from another woman on his phone
No information notice filed – case dropped.




Thursday, October 27, 2011

Whatever happened to . . . ? #32

The following defendants were all charged with sexually motivated offenses in Orange County:

Thomas, Timothy
2009-CF-013807-A-O
Att Sexual Battery w/Firearm; Burglary; Robbery w/Firearm; False Imprisonment
Defendant & co-Defendant Maxwell are allegedly responsible for several violent home invasions & rapes in west Orange Co.  
Defendant was adjudicated guily by jury all counts and sentenced to LIFE DOC for Burglary & Robbery w/Firearm, 30 yrs DOC for Att Sexual Battery w/Weapon, and 15 yrs DOC for False Impirsonment; counts to run concurrently.  Defendant received credit for 223 days time served.

Girtman, George W
2010-CF-009035-A-O
Sexual Battery WDW; Robbery w/Firearm; Burglary of Dwelling w/Assault/Battery
DNA evidence identified defendant as the "Malibu Rapist" who allegedly terrorized as many as 100 victims in the 1980s, shortly after being released on parole after serving 7 yrs of a 45 yr sentence for a 1976 rape in Seminole Co.
Defendant pled no contest to Counts 1&3; Count 2 was dropped. Defendant was sentenced to 2 concurrent LIFE terms.

Alves, Marcelo Augusto
2009-CF-003976-A-O
Sexual Battery WDW/Phys Force (5cts); False Imprisonment; Agg Assault WDW; Tamper w/Witness
Defendant, a VCC website manager, allegedly lured a woman he met on internet to a vacant house in Dr Philips area where he assaulted her..
Defendant was found guilty by jury of all counts and sentenced to LIFE in DOC.

Snavely, James
2007-CF-017726-A-O
Sexual Battery WDW; Armed Burglary of Dwelling w/Firearm; Agg Assault WDW; Intimidate/Threaten Victim; Commit or Facilitate Commission of Felony.
Defendant is accused of raping his neighbor w/knife and was cutting chunks of his own hair out when deputies found him.
Pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty of counts 1&2.  No action taken on counts 3-5.  Sentenced to 30 yrs DOC w/credit 3 yrs 156 days time served.

Garcia, Jean
2009-CF-013017-A-O
Lewd/Lascivious Battery (2cts); Travel to Meet Minor for Unlawful Sex Act
Defendant allegedly assaulted a 12-yr old girl he met at Fort Wilderness Lodge
Pled no contest all three counts.  Sentenced to 8 yrs DOC w/credit 704 days time served.

Huffman, David Michael
2010-CF-017894-A-O
Lewd/Lascivious Exhibition
Defendant, a homeless sex offender, allegedly flashed a girl <16 yrs old at an Ocoee Wal-Mart
Defendant pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty, and sentenced to 6 years DOC with credit for 219 days time served; 9 yrs probation.

Perez, Eric
2010-CF-014947-A-O
Possess Material Depicting Sexual Performance by Child (5cts) 
Defendant allegedly had multiple videos of child porn, including movies of children as young as 2 yrs old
Defendant pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty all counts, sentenced to 5 yrs probation.

Heaukulani, Joel Robert Keone
2011-CF-006114-A-O
Video Voyeurism Subsq Offense
Defendant allegedly used a cellphone to peek under the skirt of a 10-yr old girl at a Wal-Mart store
Pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty.  Defendant was sentenced to 30 days jail w/credit 14 days time served; 36 months probation; no contact with victim; no return to scene; no unsupervised contact w/ any female<18yrs; submit to DNA testing; submit to psychosexual evaluation and treatment; and ordered not to possess pornography.

Smith, Aleisea Nichai
2009-CF-008131-B-O
Human Trafficking; Sex Trafficking; Kidnap w/Intent to Inflict Harm/Terror w/Weapon (5cts); Kidnap w/Intent to Commit Felony (2cts); Sexual Battery; Procure Person<18 for Prostitution; Force Another into Prostitution; Derive Proceeds of Prostitution
Defendant & co-defendant Timothy Smith allegedly kidnapped a 15-yr old from a bus stop in 2007 and forced her into prostitution
Pled no contest to sex trafficking & adjudicated guilty; all other counts nolle prossed.  Defendant was sentenced to 1 yr 14 days jail with credit for same time served; 24 months probation; substance abuse treatment.

Buckley, Alan
2011-MM-006008-A-O
Voyeurism
Defendant allegedly took photos under a woman's skirt at a store, claiming he was not "thinking right" because his child was in the hospital
Pled no contest and adjudicated guitly.  Sentenced to 1 day jail w/credit for 1 day time served, 360 days probation, and 100 hours community service.

Comer, Andrae
2011-MM-001814-A-O
Video Voyeurism
Defendant, an employee of Express at the Mall at Millenia, allegedly snapped pictures of women undressing in a store fitting room
Defendant pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty, sentenced to 12 months probation, 50 hours community service, undergo a mental health evaluation & any treatment, forbidden to use video equipment, and to write an apology letter.  Judge Jewett also noted that no early termination of probation would be permitted.

Rodrigues, Agostinho Loiola-Mar
2010-CF-011036-A-O
Lewd/Lascivious Molestation (6cts);  Sexual Activity w/Child
Defendant was an Edgewater High School teacher & soccer coach who allegedly had sexual relations with a 14-yr old student.
Jury verdict - not guilty

Gifford, Irving Lee Jr
2011-CF-010367-A-O
Sexual Battery; Burglary w/Assault or Battery
Defendant, a hotel worker, allegedly used a master key to enter victim's room and rape her
No information notice filed, case dropped.

Postell, Montavius
2011-CF-009151-A-O
Sex Trafficking; Lewd/Lascivious Act in Presence of Child<16; False Imprisonment; Direct/Transport for Prostitution; Derive Support from Prostitution; Procure Another for Prostitution
Defendant is one of 12 co-defendants who allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-yr old runaway and forced another 15-yr old to prostitution.
No information notice filed, case dropped.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Whatever happened to . . . .? #31

I'm finally catching up on some dispositions.  Today, I'm featuring some child abuse related cases that were covered in the media at some point. 



Issac, Leshawna M
2010-CF-007416-A-O
Agg Manslaughter of Child, Negelct of Child Causing Harm/Disability
Defendant allegedly drowned her newborn baby in a bathtub
Jury verdict – guilty.  Sentenced to 30 yrs DOC w/credit 74 days time served

Brumfield, Amanda Brooke
2009-CF-007913-A-O
1st Deg Murder; Agg Child Abuse; Agg Manslaughter of Child
Defendant was babysitting a friend's child when the child fell, hit her head and later died - Defendant allegedly failed to seek immediate medical attention. Defendant was found guilty by jury of manslaughter.
Jury verdict - guilty of manslaughter.  Sentenced to 20 yrs DOC

Sampson, Shelton Jr
2010-CF-009932-A-O
Agg Child Abuse
Defendant allegedly dangled his girlfriend’s infant (age 1) by her feet and put her arm in a pot of boiling water. The baby’s wrist & forearm were broken.
Pled no contest - adjudicated guilty.  Sentenced to 9 yrs DOC w/credit 1 yr 27 days time served

Hughley, Dionne Shaunte
2010-CF-014911-A-O
Agg Assault on LEO w/Motor Vehicle; Agg Child Abuse (5cts); Culpable Negligence; False Imprisonment (2cts); False Imprisonment of Child<13yrs (3cts)
Defendant allegedly led deputies on a high-speed chase thru 3 jurisdictions with 5 children in her vehicle. One deputy was injured.
Pled no contest to Aggravated Flee & Attempt to Elude and 5 counts of Neglect of Child.  Sentenced to 18m DOC w/credit 2 days time served; 4 yrs probation.

Ford, Michelle Marie
2010-CF-013268-A-O
Aggravated Child Neglect
Defendant's 7-mo old son was allegedly killed by his father Keith Skinner (2010CF13267AO). Defendant was charged because she allegedly knew of Skinner's abuse & failed to protect their son from his father.
Pled to Child Neglect & adjudicated guilty. Sentenced to 51 weeks jail w/credit 4 days time served; 4 yrs probation; 100 hours community service.  See previous blog here.

Toomes, James Clayton
2010-CF-009427-A-O
Child Abuse
Defendant was an Altamonte Springs police officer who allegedly had sexual relations w/a 17-yr old girl
Pled no contest - adjudicated guilty.  Sentenced to 4 yrs probation.

Lopez, Gabriela Perez
2011-CF-006566-A-O
Negelct of Child
A 1-yr old girl that defendant was babysitting was found wandering alone on Semoran Blvd in Winter Park.
No information notice filed.  Case dismissed.

Bivins, Travis
2011-CF-005735-A-O
Interference w/custody
Defendant allegedly removed his ex-girlfriend's daughter from Lake Gem Elementary School & sent her threatening text messages after his ex told him she was planning to move away
No information notice filed.  Case dismissed.

Ricketts, Althea J
2011-CF-011016-A-O
Agg Child Abuse
Defendant allegedly beat her son w/a cable because he had a facebook page. A friend had alerted the defendant to the page because the boy had posted that he might try to harm himself
No information notice filed.  Case dismissed.

Gohde, Charles W
2010-CF-003635-A-O
Neglect Child w/o Great Harm
Defendant allegedly abandoned his 4-mo old in bushes for 2 hrs near Universal Studios while he looked for the mother.
Nolle prossed (i.e., charges dropped).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A slap on the wrist and one in the face

Daniel Saylor
Ex-Police Chief Daniel Saylor faced the music yesterday. He stood before Judge Jeffrey Arnold in Orange County courtroom 10A, awaiting his sentence for two counts of Official Misconduct, one count of Solicitation to Commit Official Misconduct and one count of Solicitation to Tamper with Physical Evidence.

Unfortunately, the music was too soft and easy.

By all accounts, Saylor presented himself as a man of character who had done many good deeds in his life.

Scott Bush
By all accounts, perhaps, except that of the child victim whom he failed to protect from his buddy Scott Frederick Bush. Bush is currently out on bond, awaiting trial for two counts of Sexual Battery Victim <12 yrs old, and one count of Lewd/Lascivious Molestation Victim <12.

Saylor's cover up of an investigation into his friend's alleged crimes was not only his undoing, but caused a maelstrom that included lawsuits, a scuffle at a Town Council meeting, and governmental shakeups in the formerly quiet town of Windermere (well, as long as you don't talk about Tiger Woods' "incident" it was quiet).

Saylor's attorney, Mark NeJame, argued that his client had suffered great public embarrassment; loss of his job, his law enforcement certification, and numerous friends (though many were in the gallery to support him); and was truly remorseful.

Please pass the Kleenex.

In reviewing numerous press reports about Mr. Saylor's misconduct, it is obvious that his 1-yr jail sentence (with work release approved by the judge), is like slapping someone on the wrist with a feather. At the time of his arrest, there were over 1,000 pages in FDLE's investigation of Winderemere's police chief. In addition to allegations relating to Bush, Saylor allegedly:

  • Accepted a $1000 cash "gift" in 2010 from Raul Carvajal, a subordinate, who sought to have a friend hired by the police department (Carvajal pled no contest to one count of bribery and one count of official misconduct, and was sentenced to 1 day in jail, 3 years probation and 150 hours community service earlier this month - adjudication was withheld);
  • Failed to take action when DNA testing identified a suspect in a 2004 home invasion and attempted kidnapping case three years ago;
  • Returned a diamond tennis bracelet that had been stolen from police evidence. Additionally, over 20 guns, drugs, cash, and other valuables had reportedly disappeared from the less than secure evidence room.
  • Filed false crime statistics.
  • Voided tickets for residents and government employees.
  • Ordered officers to drive intoxicated residents home rather than arrest them for DUI.
  • Used officers to disperse immigrant workers at Bush's home after they had nearly completed work for him then refused to pay them.
  • Sold guns meant for law enforcement to civilians.
Additionally, Saylor
  • Resigned from the Melbourne Police Department in 1996 after being stopped in Orlando with a prostitute; and
  • Was suspended from the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2009 for "misbehaving" at a conference, unbeknownst to Windermere's government.

With all of that, I find Judge Arnold's comment to Saylor, "You're a talented man and will recover from this blip in the middle of your life" extraordinarily inappropriate. See it here.

This "blip?"

Did he call it a "blip?"

How can one call misconduct and criminal behavior going back 15 years a "blip?"

I call it disgraceful - both Saylor's behavior and the comment made by the judge.

And a one year sentence with the judge's permission to do work release? A slap in the face to Bush's victim, law abiding citizens, and good cops everywhere.