The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on May 31, 2018, Deanthony Dinkins, 20, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Circuit Judge Brantley Clark. Dinkins murdered his cellmate at the Bay County jail on October 11, 2017, by striking Jordan Whitsett multiple times in the head with 2 dinner trays wrapped inside a sheet. Dinkins later confessed to the murder in a statement taken by Lieutenant Chris Coram of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Bob Sombathy, Chief of Major Crimes.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.