The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Circuit Judge Michael C. Overstreet sentenced Darius Tyrell Middleton to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, followed by 15 years on probation. A Bay County jury previously convicted Middleton of Robbery, Tampering with a Victim or Witness, and Assault on January 19, 2018. Middleton was sentenced as a Prison Releasee Reoffender on the Robbery charge, making his prison term a minimum mandatory sentence, and was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender on the Tampering charge.
At trial, the State established that in the early morning hours between April 30, 2017, and May 1, 2017, Middleton robbed one victim of approximately $400.00 and assaulted a second victim, in the area of Maple Avenue and 9th Street in Panama City, Florida. After the Middleton’s arrest, Detective Donald Knorr with Panama City Police Department retrieved a jail call recording in which Middleton asked another person to offer to pay one of the victims in exchange for dropping all charges. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Barbara Beasley and Nichole Pieper.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford at 850-819-6985.