The Office of the State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on May 22, 2019, a Jackson County jury found James Abbott, 36, of Grand Ridge, FL guilty of Grand Theft.
Assistant State Attorney Sam Armstrong proved to six jurors that Abbott took a zero-turn lawnmower worth over $300.00 from a neighbor’s property during the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office revealed the victim had evacuated for the storm and returned home to find the lawnmower missing. Abbott was later seen riding the lawnmower.
Circuit Judge James J. Goodman, Jr. adjudicated the defendant guilty and scheduled sentencing June 21, 2019.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.