May 8, 2018 - Plea Agreement Reached in Former Rockledge Police Officer Nicholas Galluzzi Prosecution

     Today our office accepted a plea agreement from former Rockledge Police Officer Nicholas Galluzzi in the December 2016 shooting and wounding of Alexander Houston, during an attempt to take him into custody.


     Mr. Galluzzi agreed to enter a plea of guilty to Culpable Negligence with Personal Injury and surrender his law enforcement certification, prohibiting him from being employed as a police officer in Florida.


     We believe the charge accurately reflects the circumstances and actions taken by Mr. Galluzzi during the incident.   Prior to reaching this agreement, prosecutors met with Mr. Houston and his family to obtain their input and approval on what would be an appropriate resolution of this case. It was agreed that Mr. Galluzi should accept responsibility for his actions and enter a plea to a criminal offense. In subsequent discussions, the Houston family and their representatives, were consulted prior to the plea offer being extended.


     In a statement State Attorney Phil Archer said “Police officers have the authority to use force when attempting to make an arrest. They also have a duty and responsibility to apply that force appropriately, even in stressful and demanding circumstances.”


     He went on to say “When that standard isn’t met, there must be accountability and efforts undertaken to prevent a reoccurrence and restore the public’s trust. This agreement, which requires the revocation of Mr. Galluzzi’s law enforcement certification, is appropriate and meets the concerns expressed by the victim and the community.”

Todd Brown
Public Information &
Communications
(321) 617-7310
(321) 704-0220 Mobile


Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

 

 

 

 

 

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