State Attorney Phil Archer

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Please be aware, some of the first information posted here may be revised in light of on-going investigative efforts.

No charges to be filed in the Ray Valdez - Jacob Engels Incident - September 13, 2016

State Attorney Phil Archer has determined that no charges will be filed in the Jacob Engels/Ray Valdes case.   

(See attached)

- July 12, 2016

State Attorney Phil Archer announced today that his office will not be filing formal charges in the incident which occurred at the Brevard County School Board on May 24. Constantine "Dean" Paterakis was arrested for disturbing a school function, a second-degree misdemeanor, and resisting arrest without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. The arrests will not be prosecuted for reasons outlined in the attached statement by State Attorney Archer. The formal "No Information" is being filed this afternoon with the clerk which will dissolve the scheduled arraignment for Friday. This office will offer no further comment on this issue other than the attached. Thank you.  (see attached)

Trial underway in Brevard County in the case of Gavin Chung for Attempted First Degree Murder of Sherry Chung. - May 05, 2016


Opening statements began this week in the case of State of Florida vs. Gavin Chung in the October 2015 shooting where Mr. Chung fired shots at victim Sherry Chung in a domestic disturbance in the parking lot of the Holmes Regional Hospital.   Testimony will resume on Tuesday, May 10th.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Justin Keen and Kerri Fowler with the Honorable Judge Earp presiding. The trial is expected to continue into next week.

If convicted, Chung could face life in prison.

From State Attorney Phil Archer - March 24, 2016


In an effort to clear the confusion over juveniles who receive civil citations, the State Attorney’s Office would like to offer this brief explanation of the process. Please note, the entire process is confidential, the names of juveniles cited and the citation itself are not public record.


When law enforcement is called to an incident involving juveniles which might be perceived to be a criminal incident, they have options. One is to prepare a civil citation. The civil citation in some counties directs the child to report to the designated Juvenile Assessment Center operated under the Department of Juvenile Justice guidelines within a certain time period. There, experts interview the child, review the com

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Brevard Jury finds Carlos Rios guilty of First Degree Murder - November 20, 2015

Brevard Jury finds Carlos Rios guilty of First Degree Murder


After a week long trial in Brevard County, Defendant Carlos Rios was found guilty on November 9, 2015 on charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Burglary of a Dwelling in the 2013 death of Efrain Santiago.

Mr. Rios had previously done business buying drugs from the victim and during a delivery of illegal drugs an argument ensued which resulted in the beating and strangulation of the victim along with a gunshot to the head at close range. 


Prosecutors for the State were Chief Trial Attorney William Respess and Assistant State Attorney Kerri  Fowler.  Judge Jeffrey Mahl presided.  The defendant was sentenced following the ver

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Adam Devine of Deltona found guilty of DUI Manslaughter - October 06, 2015

Adam Devine of Deltona was found guilty by a jury in Seminole County on October 6th  of DUI Manslaughter.  Mr. Devine was operating a motor vehicle in the early morning hours of August 25, 2013 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Peter Kilian of New Smyrna Beach which resulted in his death.

Prosecutors Domenick Leo and Mitch Ruark  presented the case.  The jury deliberated an hour before returning the guilty verdict.  Mr. Devine will be sentenced by Judge Alva on November 18, 2015.



Wade Jackson Trial Concludes- Guilty as charged on three counts, not guilty on three counts and - September 10, 2015

The jury returned  verdicts on Wednesday afternoon in the case of Wade Jackson. (See Previous Post) Jury deliberated approximately 5 hours before reaching their decision.   He was found guilty on Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Fleeling or Attempting to Elude Causing Injury to Another and Driving While License Suspended.     The jury failed to convict on three charges of Aggravated Assault Upon a Law Enforcement Officer.  Judge Roberts will impose sentence on September 21, 2015 .



Wade Jackson trial underway in Brevard County - September 03, 2015

Opening arguments begin this morning in front of Circuit Court Judge Charles Roberts in Wade Dante Jackson’s trial on multiple charges including fleeing law enforcement, burglary, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Jackson, 26, was arrested in Melbourne on Oct. 13, 2013 following a six-hour stand-off with law enforcement. Prosecutors Don Loughran and Aaron Peacock said it will take several days to present the evidence for the eight charges Jackson now faces. If convicted of all the offenses, Jackson faces up to 95 years in prison.



Eric Wright found guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder in the Death of Patrick Jackson - September 01, 2015

In a one-day trial in Seminole County on September 1, 2015, defendant Eric D. Wright was found guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder in the shooting of a former roommate, Patrick Jackson, Sr. on March 2, 2014.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Tom Hastings and Anna Valentini. Sentencing is set for November 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Judge Marlene Alva.

(See attached police report)



Trial Begins Wednesday, July 22, In I-4 Murder Case - July 21, 2015

Junior Gedeon, 26, Sanford, goes on trial Wednesday (July 22) for the shooting death of Rodney Porter, 24, Orlando. The men were in a car traveling eastbound through Altamonte Springs on I-4 in the early morning hours of July 5, 2014 when Porter was shot, the car crashed, and the various occupants fled. Opening statements begin at 9 a.m. before Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson.

Normail Reynoso-Perez to be sentenced July 22, 2015 on 8 Counts of Sexual Battery and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation against a person under the age of 12. - June 29, 2015

 Defendant Normail Reynoso-Perez of Longwood, charged with  8 counts of  Sexual Battery and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation against a person under the age of 12 whose trial was set to begin on June 26th changed his plea and is due to be sentenced on July 22,  2015 by Seminole Circuit Judge Donna McIntosh.   Assistant State Attorney Lisa Haba will be asking for life in prison.


Daquan Butts is sentenced to life in prison in attempted 2nd degree murder case. - June 24, 2015
Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson sentenced Daquan Butts to life in prison today (June 24) after a jury found him guilty of attempted second degree murder for a shooting in Sanford last year. Prosecutors successfully proved Butts was a Habitual Felony Offender which exposed him to the more serious penalty.

Mr. Butts is charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder while Inflicting Great Bodily Harm or Death in an incident on September 4, 2014 involving two victims.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Thomas Hastings and Anna Valentini with Judge Debra Nelson presiding.


Bobby Lee Culler sentenced to life in prison on Armed Burglary of a Dwelling and Aggravated Assault. - June 23, 2015

A 26-year-old Melbourne man, Bobby Lee Culler, was sentenced to life in prison Friday night after a jury found him guilty of armed burglary to a dwelling and aggravated assault. The attack took place on July 10, 2013, on Pepper Avenue in Melbourne. The week-long trial was lead by Assistant State Attorney Kari Kies after a successful Melbourne Police Department investigation.

Melbourne Press Release

Melbourne PD 923.01

Information filed in the Matthew Apperson case - June 18, 2015
The Office of the State Attorney has filed the attached information in the case involving Matthew Apperson. We are ethically prohibited from commenting as it proceeds to trial.
"Our law enforcement community and the State Attorney's Office works vigorously to ensure people may travel our busy streets, going about their business, without fear. Every resident and visitor to Seminole County deserves this freedom," said State Attorney Phil Archer.
Lynne Bumpus-Hooper
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Justin Burson aquitted on Leaving the Scene of An Accident, Death Resulting - June 02, 2015

After two weeks of testimony and evidence, a six-member jury returned guilty verdicts May 28 for Justin Burson on charges of Driving Under the Influence and DUI causing injury. The jury acquitted Burson of leaving the scene of a crash which resulted in the death of Daniel Byron on July 31, 2011. The Cocoa Beach crash occurred after the two were heard loudly arguing as they came from the beach area. A struggle ensued and Byron was hanging onto the side of the truck when the crash occurred. Brevard Circuit Judge George Maxwell immediately sentenced Burson to 45 days in the Brevard County Jail and one year of probation on the guilty charges. Burson had faced up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of the more serio

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Justin Burson trial underway in Brevard County for highway fatality. - May 18, 2015

Jury selection and trial began this week (May 18, 2015)  in the case of State v. Justin Burson of Kissimmee. He is charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving death, DUI manslaughter, and 2 counts of DUI causing damage or injury stemming from an incident on July  31, 2011.  Mr. Burson and the victim became involved in a verbal dispute and the victim began to hang onto the driver’s side door of Mr. Burson’s truck as he was backing out of a parking space.  Mr. Burson continued to pull out onto SR A1A while the victim was still hanging onto the truck and crashed into another vehicle.  The impact of that crash caused the victim to fall under the truck where he was run over by one of the wheels.&nb

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Jacob Montgomery Sentenced in Attempted Manslaughter Charge - May 13, 2015

Jacob Montgomery, 17 of Cocoa was sentenced on 5/13/2015 on charges of Attempted Manslaughter and Fleeing and Eluding stemming from an incident on March 1, 2014 where Jacob drove to Palm Bay with a gun to confront his girlfriend at a party and possibly harm her. After seeing text messages and FACEBOOK video from Jacob, friends alerted police where they were able to locate and arrest Jacob before any confrontation.   

Assistant State Attorneys Kari Kies and William Scheiner prosecuted the case and asked the judge to sentence Mr. Montgomery to prison.   Judge Earp sentenced Mr. Montgomery to 5 years probation.



A Seminole County jury found Daquan Butts guilty as charged of attempted second-degree murder - May 13, 2015

A Seminole County jury found Daquan Butts guilty as charged of attempted second-degree murder on Wednesday, May 13, after about a day-and-a-half of testimony and two hours of deliberations.

Mr. Butts was arrested for firing on one man and accidentally striking a 10-year-old boy riding his bicycle in the street nearby on September 4, 2014., in Sanford. Butts faces a 25 year mininum-mandatory sentence and could be sentenced up to life in prison because prosecutors intend to ask for him to be sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender. Sentencing has been set for June 24 at 9 a.m.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Thomas Hastings and Anna Valentini with Judge Debra Nelson presiding.

Jury finds Ivory Carrington not guilty in the murder of Stephen Beglane - May 01, 2015

A Seminole County Jury returned a verdict of not guilty to murder in the shooting death of Stephen Beglane, however was found guilty on charges of Burglary, Robbery and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle.  Mr. Ivory and a number of other suspect entered the victims house, tied up his wife and shot Mr. Beglane multiple times. Mr. Biglane died six hours later.

Assistant State Attorneys Daniel Faggard and Anna Valentini presented the State's case.    Judge Alva sentenced Mr. Ivory to 30  years in prison followed by 5 years probation> 






State Attorney Phil Archer Hosts 31st Annual Victims' Rights Awards Breakfasts - April 23, 2015

As the State Attorney for both Seminole and Brevard Counties, I have the great privilege to recognize professionals from both jurisdictions for their service and dedication on behalf of victims. This week we held our 31st Annual Victims’ Rights Awards Breakfasts and selected 12 professionals from nominations submitted by public and private agencies throughout Brevard and Seminole Counties.

Nominations this year focused on community collaboration and the importance of community partnerships, teamwork and empowering victims. We know that by engaging with our community partners to provided resources for our victims, we also empower our victims. Together we make a difference.

Recognized in Brevard County were Officer of the Yea

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Seminole man due to be sentenced on Sexual Battery case. - April 14, 2015

Marcos Maceira-Ramos, who was found guilty in March on two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age stemming from an incident last year will be sentenced tomorrow by Judge Donna McIntosh.   Maceira-Ramos could be sentenced to life in prison.    Case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Lisa Haba.

Alejandro Valdes, sentenced to life imprisonment in the death of Jose Corcho - April 11, 2015

Alejandro Valdes was sentenced to life imprisonment on April 10, 2015 after being found guilty on February 20, 2015 by a Brevard County Jury on charges of First Degree Felony Murder, Armed Burglary, three counts of False Imprisonment and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.


Mr. Valdes, along with three others went to the home of victim Jose Corcho on November  19, 2007 to rob him.  Once there, they tied up the victim and his family and ultimately shot and killed Mr. Corcho.  Two other defendants were tried and found guilty as well. 


Prosecutors on the case were Assistant State Attorneys James McMasters and Samantha Barrett.  Mr.  Valdes faces life in prison.


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Alejandro Valdes scheduled to be sentenced in the 2007 death of Jose Corcho. - April 09, 2015

Alejandro Valdes is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10, 2015 after being found guilty on February 20, 2015 by a Brevard County Jury on charges of First Degree Felony Murder, Armed Burglary, three counts of False Imprisonment and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. (Verdict Forms)


Mr. Valdes, along with three others went to the home of victim Jose Corcho on November  19, 2007 to rob him.  Once there, they tied up the victim and his family and ultimately shot and killed Mr. Corcho.  Two other defendants were tried and found guilty as well. 


Prosecutors on the case were Assistant State Attorneys James McMasters and Samantha Barrett.  Mr.  Valdes faces life in prison.


Robert Peek is sentenced to life in prison for killing a Brevard County woman in 1988. - April 09, 2015

Robert Peek entered a plea on Monday, April 6, 2015 to charges of First Degree Premeditated Murder and two counts of Sexual Battery by use of Great Force in the killing death of a Brevard County woman.  The body was found by road construction workers at a construction site on July 14, 1988.  Judge Earp sentenced Mr. Peek to life imprisonment with no eligibility for  parole. Prosecutors for the State were Russell Bausch and Laura Moody. (Judgment & Sentence)






No Contest plea taken in the Jonathan Irizarry case. - April 01, 2015
In Seminole County, Jonathan Irizarry entered a no contest plea April 1 before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester and was sentenced to three years probation for falsifying records while supervising the care of Rachel Fryer' children in February 2014. Fryer's two-old toddler died during that time period and the mother is awaiting trial on murder charges. Judge Lester withheld adjudication of guilt and said Irizarry would be allowed to transfer his probation to Pennsylvannia if the proper conditions were met. Additionally, the plea prevents Irizarry from working in the fields of social work or child welfare during the probation period. (See Information)
Felony Petit Theft trial starts today, April 1st. - April 01, 2015

Jury selection has begun today, April 1, 2015 in the case of State of Florida vs. Anthony Haynes.  Mr. Haynes is charged with Felony Petit Theft from Wal-mart in Merritt Island on August 20, 2014.   The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Guno Ose with Judge Maxwell presiding.  It is anticipated that selection will be completed today and opening statements to begin this afternoon.   See information and probable cause affidavit.



Jury Convicts Maceira Ramos on sex charges. - March 27, 2015

A Seminole County jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of State of Florida vs.

Maceira Ramos.  Ramos was accused of sexually battering a juvenile victim in April of 2014.

The case prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Lisa Haba and Eugene Felciano and was tried in front of Circuit Court Judge John Galluzzo.  The jury took only forty minutes to decide the case.  The charges carry a life sentence.  The defendant will be sentenced on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Jury Selection Begins Monday, 3/23/2015 in the Marcos Maceira-Ramos case. - March 23, 2015
Jury selection begins today (Monday, March 23, 2015) in Sanford for Marcos Maceira-Ramos' trial on two counts of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age. Maceira-Ramos, 22, was arrested April 11, 2014 by Altamonte Springs Police. Assistant State Attorney Lisa Haba will be prosecuting the case before Circuit Court Judge Donna McIntosh. Opening arguments are anticipated Monday afternoon.
Jury Returns guilty verdict in the Jacob Montgomery attempted murder trial. - March 16, 2015

A Brevard County jury returned a guilty verdict in the case of State v. Jacob Montgomery for the March 2014 attempted murder of victim Zykira Dixon of Rockledge.  The case was tried by Brevard Assistant State Attorneys William Scheiner and Kari Kies.  Sentencing will be on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in front of Judge Earp.   


Aggravated Battery trial starts March 10th against Ronald Gauldin - March 09, 2015

Trial begins on March 10th in the case of State v. Ronald Gauldin accused of striking John Phillips in the head with a golf club and then stabbing him.  (Information and Affidavit)  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Kathryn Speicher in front of Judge Mahl.   If convicted Mr. Gauldin faces up to 15 years in prison.

Jury comes back with Guilty verdict in the case of Alejandro Valdes - February 20, 2015

The jury returned a verdict of Guilty in the case of Alejandro Valdes who was accused of killing Jose Corcho in 2007.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys James McMaster and Samantha Barrett.


Jury Selection Begins in Aggravated Assault Case - February 05, 2015

Jury selection began Thursday, February 05, 2015 in the case of Douglas Loseke of Micco.

Mr. Loseke is charged with aggravated battery stemming from an incident in May of 2014 where he assaulted Shawn Cattee with a knife. 

Assistant State Attorneys  Aaron  Peacock  and Naomi Nichols represent the State.  Mr. Loseke is represented by Paul Bross.

If convicted, Mr.Loseke faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Brevard County Trial Continues against David Brevick - November 17, 2014

Trial continues this week in the case of State v. Brevick.

Mr. Brevick is accused on killing his wife on August 8, 2014

Prosecutors are Tom Brown and Greg Konieczka

Valenti DUI Manslaughter Trial Begins - November 17, 2014

Jury selection is underway in Viera for the DUI Manslaughter trial of Patrick Valenti, a 52-year-old Melbourne man, accused of crashing into a pregnant Rockledge woman’s car which was stationary at a red light on U. S. Highway 1 on Sept. 6, 2012, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. The State Attorney’s office filed a five count information in the case.


Palm Bay Man Indicted for Infant's Death - October 28, 2014

Joseph Kyle La May, 24, was indicted on a first-degree felony murder charge on Tuesday, Oct. 28, for the Sept. 26 death of a four-month-old Palm Bay infant. La May has been held in jail in California where he was arrested on an affidavit for the first-degree felony murder. The indictment officially charges him with the felony murder of the child and aggravated child abuse. He is awaiting transport by authorities back to Brevard. (See attached arrest warrant)


Dwayne Fitzgerald White Found Guilty of First-degree Murder - October 24, 2014

Dwayne Fitzgerald White found guilty of first degree premeditated murder

Dwayne Fitzgerald White was found guilty  for the first-degree premeditated murder of Sarah Yvonne Rucker and state prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Ms. Rucker, White’s estranged wife, was stabbed and her body discarded on the sidewalk outside of the Miami Sub shop on State Road 434 early in the morning hours on Aug. 29, 2011. The penalty phase of the trial is set to begin on Tuesday, October 28, 2014  before Judge Kenneth Lester in the Seminole County Courthouse. Assistant State Attorneys Jim Carter and Stewart Stone are prosecuting.

Valdes Trial Postponed - October 20, 2014

The first-degree premeditated murder trial of Alejandro Valdes for the 2007 execution-style killing of Jose Carlos Corcho, who was 43 at the time of his death, which was  scheduled to begin October 6 before Brevard Circuit Judge Jim Earp has been postponed to November, 2014.  Assistant State Attorneys Jim McMaster and Samantha Barrett will be prosecuting. Valdes is the third man in a trio accused of shooting Corcho in the head while his family cowered in another room of the family’s home in the Grant-Valkaria area.  Arrest Warrant and Affidavit, Indictment & Booking Photo

2011 DUI Manslaughter Scheduled for Trial Oct. 22 - October 01, 2014

2011  DUI Manslaughter Scheduled for Trial Oct. 22


                Justin Rakin Burson, 33, Kissimmee, is scheduled to go to trial on DUI Manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, and two counts of DUI causing damage or injury on Oct. 22 before Circuit Court Judge Robert Wohn.  Burson is accused of driving drunk and running over Daniel Byron Jr. in Cocoa Beach on July 31, 2011.  Byron, 22, died from his injuries.( See Information and 923.01)

Phillip Beyel on trial for 96 sex charges - June 30, 2014
UPDATE: Phillip Beyel, 29, Cocoa, entered a no contest plea to Circuit Court Judge Charles Roberts Tuesday morning in this case. Sentencing is set for Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Previous post: Phillip Beyel, 29, Cocoa goes on trial today (June 30) on three counts of having sex with a 12-year-old child, 35 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, and 58 counts of possession of child pornography. Jury selection before Circuit Court Judge Charles Roberts began Monday afternoon. Beyel, who was arrested January 2, 2012, was 27 when he lured the victim to engage in sexual acts with him while filming and taking pictures of her which constitutes pornography and promoting sexual performances by a child. Federal prosecutors took a plea
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Seminole County Cold Case Goes to Trial - May 19, 2014

David Hedrick goes on trial this week for the first-degree premeditated murder of Betty Claire Foster in January 1991. The trial is expected to last at least a week before Seminole Circuit Judge John Galluzzo. Hedrick was arrested on the charges in 2012 after it was discovered that his DNA matched blood left behind at the computer shop where Mrs. Foster was working by herself.

Randy Carter trial begins penalty phase - April 23, 2014

Fourth defendant in 2005 beachside murder goes on trial
Randy Carter's first-degree felony murder and armed robbery trial moves into the penalty phase today (April 23) after the jury returned a guilty verdict last Thursday (April 17). Carter, 30, lived in Cocoa in 2005 when  Austin Joseph Payne’s home in Indialantic was broken into and he was killed. Three co-defendants have already been tried and sentenced for their roles in the slaying. Carter was located in Pennsylvania in 2007 where he was being held for other crimes and was only extradited to Brevard in 2011. Of the three other men, one was sentenced to life in prison, another to 18 years, and the third to 13 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation. J

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Trial of Phillip Beyel now set for June - April 15, 2014

The trial of Phillip Joseph Beyel, 29, Cocoa, on 96 charges of various types of sexual misconduct with a child is scheduled to begin  the end of last month has been reassigned to Judge Roberts and is set to begin June 30th with pretrial motions being set for June 27th.(See Court Minutes)    Beyel is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl in late 2011. He is also accused of possessing material depicting sexual conduct by a child and other charges. Assistant State Attorneys Justin Keen and Kathryn Speicher will be prosecuting. Beyel was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison on similar pornography charges last year. He faces up to life in prison on the state charges.  (See Report)

Seminole Woman Enters Plea in Death of Baby - April 02, 2014
Seminole woman enters plea in death of baby
Mariah Berry, a 30-year-old Sanford woman, entered a plea of no contest to charges stemming from her faulty supervision of a child who drowned on July 23., 2012 while Berry was babysitting. Circuit Court Judge John Galluzzo will determine what sentence Berry should serve for the charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and neglect of a child. The judge set a control date of May 5.
Rachel Fryer Charged with death of two year old child - March 27, 2014

Rachel Allein Fryer was indicted by the Seminole County Grand Jury on March 12, 2014, on five charges relating to the death of her two year-old-child. Fryer, who was arrested by Sanford Police in mid-February, will be tried for first-degree felony murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, two counts of aggravated child abuse, and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Police allege that the child was beaten and her medical injuries did not receive care on or close to Feb. 6.

Brevard Grand Juror sentenced for stealing from employees of State Attorney’s Office - March 17, 2014

Kyle Powell, 20, Palm Bay, was sentenced March 17, 2014, to 30 days in jail, two years community control, and a year of probation after entering a plea to trafficking in stolen property and petit theft. On June 25, 2013, Powell reported to the Brevard County Courthouse in Viera to serve as a member of the Brevard County Grand Jury which was considering a criminal case. During a break, he took an I-phone and cash from employees of the SAO. Powell then sold the phone to purchase food and drugs. The I-phone was located through the GPS application loaded on the phone.

Michael Marshall enters plea; Sentencing Set - February 11, 2014

Michael Marshall enters a plea to 10 criminal counts including aggravated child abuse by torture and by caging, false imprisonment, and child neglect. Sentencing is set for April 11th at 1:15 p.m.before Judge David Dugan.

Seminole County Grand Jury Indicts Five First-degree Murder Defendants - February 06, 2014

The Seminole County Grand Jury issued indictments for five accused first-degree murderers Feb. 6 in four separate cases.


 Richard Lawrence Barnes, Sr., a homeless 46-year-old man, was indicted for the first-degree premeditated murder of an acquaintance of his, Cynthia McGee, who was a Sanford business woman. McGee was discovered shot to death inside her insurance office on Jan. 6.  Barnes was also indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal.           

Two lay witnesses and a Sanford Police Department investigator testified before the grand jury before the indictment was returned. Barnes was arrested in Orlando on Jan. 8 and remains

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Joshua Werbicki - Animal Abuse Charges - January 28, 2014

State Attorney Phil Archer announced ASA Julia Lynch will prosecute Joshua Werbicki, who was arrested on Dec. 28 for sexually abusing the family dog. Werbicki faces four felony and four misdemeanor counts and remains in the Brevard County Jail. Archer said Lynch, the chief of the child abuse and sex crimes unit, is a veteran prosecutor with a passion for protecting our most vulnerable members.

John Wayne Rogers - Death of James DeWitt - January 27, 2014

Rogers faced first-degree murder after the March 2012 death of James Theodore Dewitt, at Rogers’ home on Settler’s Loop in Geneva. The two had been friends.  After five days of trial, defense attorneys asked for immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground Law and Circuit Court Judge John Galluzzo agreed, freeing Mr. Rogers on Jan. 10.

Sharon Glass/Child Abuse Charges - January 27, 2014

Sharon Glass

Sharon Ashley Glass was accused of a series of charges on March 15, 2012 including aggravated child abuse by willful torture or malicious punishment, and by unlawfully caging a child. A jury found her guilty of seven of the charges and she faces sentencing on March 7 at 1:15 p.m. before Circuit Court Judge David Dugan.

Michael Marshall - Child Abuse Charges - January 27, 2014

Michael Marshall Jr.

            Michael Lee Marshall Jr. was arrested on March 15, 2012, at the same time that Sharon Glass was on very similar charges. He is the biological father of the victim who was 12 years old and weighed 40 pounds at the time of his father’s arrest. Marshall is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges he faces before Circuit Court Judge David Dugan on Feb. 7 at 1:15 p.m.

George Fields - Shooting Death of Rayshon Kenerly - January 27, 2014

George Lee Fields

            George Lee Fields was arrested on May 4, 2010 in Palm Bay in connection with the shooting death of Rayshon Kenerly in the afternoon in a parking lot off busy Babcock St. A jury convicted Fields of second-degree murder with a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 11 at 1:15.

State Attorney Archer Statement and Andria Kerchner Testimony - January 23, 2014

On January 23, 2014, Andria Kerchner entered a plea agreement for her role in the March 6, 2012 shooting death of Brevard Deputy Sheriff Barbara Pill. State Attorney Phil Archer provided this statement and a copy of a transcript of earlier, sworn testimony of the facts Kerchner recalled.

Sentencing set for Issac Burt, Oviedo man convicted of manslaughter and child abuse. - October 15, 2013

Issac Burt was convicted on Sept. 20 of manslaughter and child abuse in connection with the November 2010 death of a 3-year-old girl. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21 before Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 5D at the Seminole County Courthouse.

Henry Lee Jones, Convicted of Two Murders in Tennessee, Goes on Trial for a 2003 Melbourne Slaying - October 09, 2013

Jury selection begins Thursday, Sept. 26, in Titusville for the first degree murder trial of Henry Lee Jones. Jones is accused of killing Carlos Perez in 2003 in a Super 8 Motel in Melbourne and abandoning the body. Jones was convicted in 2009 of killing a retired Tennessee couple during the same 2003 killing spree. Jones is representing himself and has filed a demand for trial. UPDATE:  The jury found Jones guilty of murder and recommended the death penalty.

A Seminole County Jury finds a Winter Springs man Guilty in Shooting; Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison. - October 03, 2013

A Seminole County jury found  Yachua Castro-Maysonet guilty of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm, causing great bodily harm, during a confrontation in Longwood on May 28, 2012. You may view the arrest report, information, and jury verdict forms. On Oct. 3, the defendant was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Shawn Richardson found guilty of second-degree felony murder, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and shooting into a building in Seminole County - October 01, 2013

An April 19, 2011 intended robbery of the Allied Veteran's Internet Cafe resulted in the death of one of the three men trying to rob the business.. Deputies arrested Shawn Richardson, Casselberry, and a jury convicted him as charged on Oct. 1. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the charges on Nov. 13. Richardson's defense attorney has renewed a motion before the judge for a judgment of acquittal.

(Ongoing) Former Clerk, Two others, Arrested on Bribery, Bid Tampering Charges - September 13, 2013

Following a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation, the former Clerk of Courts for Brevard County and two additional individuals were arrested on Aug. 15 on a various charges pertaining to bribery and bid tampering. The State Attorney's Office filed formal charges against the three on Sept. 13. See the FDLE investigative report, and the arrest affidavit.

One of Brevard's "Most Wanted" Sentenced to Life - August 29, 2013

Leaundrea Parker, a multiple-convicted felon, was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty at trial of armed burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated child abuse, grand theft, and another charge for a 2010 crime during which a mother and 15-year-old girl were severely burned by heated oil the burglars threw on them in an effort to find out where valuables were. Read the arrest warrant and affidavit, the probable cause arrest report, and the sentencing order. 

A Seminole County judge denys a motion to vacate a conviction and sentence after an evidentiary hearing - August 29, 2013

Clemente Javier Aguirre-Jarquin was sentenced to death on June 30, 2006 for the murder of a mother and daughter in Altamonte Springs in 2004. Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler held more than two weeks of hearings during which testimony and evidence was presented before issuing a 68-page analysis of the material and her denial of the motion.

Palm Bay man found guilty of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency of minor, and breaching peace begins prison term after 18-month delay - August 28, 2013

A Palm Bay man arrested in August 2011 for allowing teen boys to fight and then beating one of them himself was found guilty in April 2012. His attorney filed an appeal and the man was allowed out on bond for 18-months until the appeal was denied. The attorney then tried to mitigate the sentence the judge had original imposed, attempting to substitute probation for prison time. Judge Morgan Reinman sent Gary Lee Johnson to prison on August 28, 2013. 

Oveido Man Sentenced to 40 years in Prison For Killing his Wife - August 26, 2013

A Seminole County jury convicted Jorge Nieves of second degree murder for the Feb. 17, 2012, murder of Karla Pagan. See the arrest warrant and affidavit, information, and sentencing orders.


Serial Robber who committed Murder Sentenced to Life - July 29, 2013

A Seminole County man who committed a series of robberies in 2012, then fatally shot a convenience store clerk, was found guilty at trial and sentenced to life in prison.

Former Attorney, Albert Lagano, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison, Followed by 15 Years Probation--July 9, 2013 - July 09, 2013

An attorney who was subsequently disbarred was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by 15 years probation after pleading guilty to more than 12 counts of grand theft for an unscrupulous real estate scheme. See the original probable cause affidavit, the information filed in the first case in 2008, the 2008 sentencing order, and the 2010 information, and that sentencing order.

1988 Homicide - July 05, 2013

The unsolved 1988 homicide of Wanda Reapp was solved with the Brevard Grand Jury
indictment of Benjamin Reapp on a charge of First-degree premeditated murder. See the
news release, indictment, and probable cause affidavit. UPDATE: Benjamin Reapp died July 5 while still serving his other sentence. After the Department of Corrections notified us, we dismissed the prosecution.

Resentencing following State's Successful Appeal - June 28, 2013

A DUI Manslaughter defendent is successfully resentenced after prosecutors appeal. The defendant plead to the court and was sentenced to two years prison followed by community control and probation, but prosecutors appealed based on law that requires a minimum four year sentence for DUI manslaughter. See the probable cause affidavit, appeal filing, Fifth District Court ruling, and resentencing.

(Ongoing) Executive Assignment in St. Johns County--David Juratovak - June 20, 2013

Governor Rick Scott appointed State Attorney Phil Archer to investigate matters surrounding the arrest of David Juratovak and prosecute any crime uncovered in that investigation as well as handle any other matters that might stem from it. Juratovak was arrested after a man was shot during a "road rage" incident in late March. See the executive assignment, the probable cause paperwork, the charging information, and a ruling on a motion for bond.

Pease-Cruz - May 29, 2013

An arrest widely covered by the media and dubbed by them as the "Craig's List Kidnapping," turns out instead to be a misdemeanor arrest on a charge of making a false report to a law enforcement agency. See the original "crime," the subsequent explanation and dismissal of that charge, and the arrest report for what law enforcement and prosecutors believe to be the true crime.

(Ongoing) Bigamy - May 15, 2013

A Melbourne man is arrested on a charge of bigamy after his current wife discovers wife number 2.
See the probable cause affidavit and the arrest paperwork.

FDLE Review - May 02, 2013

A review of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into a fatal police shooting found that the use of deadly force was lawful and the deputies’ actions did not expose them to criminal prosecution. See the news release, State Attorney Archer’s letter to FDLE, and the agency’s summary report.

(Ongoing) 1st Degree Murder Indictment - Robert Lester Turner, Jr. - April 15, 2013

A Seminole County Grand Jury issued a first-degree felony murder indictment against Robert Lester Turner Jr. on April 15, 2013. Turner faces addition charges relating to the death of Brent Roux, a 26-year-old Altamonte Springs man. See the indictment, arrest warrant and affidavit.

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