Britton Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer; Faces Life Sentence

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on November 19, 2020, a Bay County jury found Terrance Lamont Britton guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer with Lights & Sirens with High Speed or Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury, and Driving Under the Influence.
On December 28, 2017, Officer Klingensmith and his trainee, Officer Shoemaker witnessed the Defendant at a gas station stumbling and entering a vehicle.  Believing Britton to be possibly impaired they attempted a traffic stop after the vehicle he was operating crossed into oncoming traffic and was swerving.  Britton then fled from the officers as they attempted the traffic stop at high speeds.  The pursuit was dangerous and the officers terminated the pursuit.  Britton then drove down Kendrick Road in Parker and the officers waited on Cherry Street for him to exit.  After waiting they discovered Britton had crashed into an unoccupied vehicle, leaving his wife unconscious and bleeding inside the vehicle.  The officers saw Britton walking away from the crash and attempted to detain him.  Upon doing so, Britton brandished and pointed a silver 9mm handgun at the officers.  Officer Shoemaker discharged his issued weapon twice at Britton and Officer Klingensmith discharged his weapon once before it jammed.  Britton was not struck by the gunfire and ran from the officers.  Officer Klingensmith then was able to catch the defendant and tackled him.  After tackling Britton, Britton shoved his firearm underneath the vest of Officer Klingensmith.  Officer Kligensmith grabbed the slide of the firearm to keep it from discharging and fought for his life.  Sergeant Rexford from Springfield Police Department also arrived on scene and used his taser to subdue Britton.  After tasing Britton, Officer Klingensmith was able to remove the firearm from Britton’s possession.  Defendant’s blood was later taken and found to contain cocaine and a 0.127 blood alcohol level.  Britton is a Prison Releasee Reoffender after just being released from prison for Armed Robbery from Palm Beach County, where he served 10 years.
The Defendant is facing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, and up to 65 years of consecutive time.  Sentencing will be set before Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson at a later date to be determined.
For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

McDaniel Sentenced to Life in Prison

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on July 28, 2020, Judge Shonna Gay sentenced Anthony Bryan McDaniel to Life in prison as a Prison Releasee Reoffender.  McDaniel was convicted by a Gulf County jury on January 28, 2020, of Sexual Battery with Great Force, Sexual Battery, Burglary with a Battery, Aggravated Battery, and False Imprisonment.

The case was investigated by Lt. Dickey and Renee Zemlock from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Megan Ford.

Falcon Resenteced to Life in Prison

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on July 21, 2020, Judge Brantley Clark, Jr. resentenced Rebecca Lee Falcon to life in prison.

Rebecca Falcon, a fifteen-year old at the time, murdered cab driver Richard Phillips by shooting him in the back of the head on November 19, 1997. A Bay County jury found Falcon guilty of First Degree Murder and she was sentenced to life in prison on May 11, 1999.

In 2012, the Florida Supreme Court remanded the case back to Bay County for an “individualized sentencing hearing” in conformity with United States Supreme Court’s decisions holding that juveniles who are sentenced to life in prison are entitled to present evidence regarding their immaturity and other factors relevant to adolescent behavior. Judge Clark conducted a new sentencing hearing on March 2-3, 2020, where both the state and the defense presented evidence directed towards Florida’s new juvenile sentencing factors.

Falcon could have received a sentence of “time served”, life in prison, or a term of years short of life. Judge Brantley Clark filed a twenty page written order detailing the factors that justified a life sentence for Rebecca Falcon for the pre-meditated murder of Richard Phillips. “I am relieved for the surviving family of Mr. Phillips. Having to relive this experience has been extremely hard on them.” said prosecutor, Bob Sombathy.

Under Florida law, Rebecca Falcon will be entitled to a sentence review fifteen years from the date of her sentence.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Sombathy, Chief of Major Crimes at 850-348-1596 or Robert.sombathy@sa14.fl.gov.

Ramirez Convicted of Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 4, 2020, a Bay County jury found Adolfo Barahona Ramirez guilty as charged of Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Battery.  Evidence produced at trial revealed that the victim, who did cleaning work for the defendant, was grabbed at knife point and sexually battered while she was at the defendant’s residence to do his laundry.  The victim was bitten and cut with the knife during the sexual battery.  The victim was able to fight the defendant off and run out of the home.  DNA and physical evidence recovered from the victim and crime scene supported the victim’s account of the sexual battery.

The defendant will be sentenced on April 14, 2020, by the Honorable Chief Judge Christopher Patterson.  The defendant is facing life in prison and registration as a sexual offender.  The case was investigated by the Panama City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Peter Overstreet.

Grantham Sentenced to 15 Years

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 3, 2020, Circuit Judge Ana Maria Garcia sentenced Donald Mark Grantham to 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him at trial on January 23, 2020, of being a Felon Possessing Firearms.  The Defendant was also designated a Habitual Felony Offender.

Evidence presented at trial proved that on January 20, 2018, the Defendant was a passenger in a pickup truck and had a .44 caliber rifle resting against his thigh concealed under a flannel shirt.  When Ofc. Gore from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asked the occupants of the vehicle if there were any weapons in the truck, the Defendant removed the flannel shirt and picked up the rifle stating he got it from a deceased family member.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Barbara Beasley and Lynelle Dowe.

Turberville Convicted of 20 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on February 26, 2020, a Holmes County jury found Mark Lee Turberville guilty as charged of 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Evidence presented at trial proved that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discovered that a computer using an IP address connected to the Defendant’s residence was offering to share files of known or suspected child pornography on the internet.  FDLE agents obtained a search warrant for the Defendant’s residence and located the files of child pornography on a computer in the Defendant’s bedroom.  The jury deliberated for 12 minutes before convicting the Defendant.

The case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young.  Sentencing is set for March 11, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Judge Timothy Register. The Defendant faces a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison.

Watson Convicted of Sexual Battery Upon a Disabled Person

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The Office of the State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on February 25, 2020, a Jackson County jury found Nathaniel Watson guilty as charged of Sexual Battery upon a Disabled Person.

Video & DNA evidence presented at trial proved that on November 28, 2017, the Defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim who suffered from Cerebral Palsy and was unable to communicate by any means.

The Defendant faces up to 30 years in prison.  The sentencing is scheduled for April 21, 2020 before the Honorable James J. Goodman.  This case was investigated by Ronnie Furniss of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Shalla Phelps Jefcoat.

Robinson Convicted of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Hydrocodone and Paraphernalia

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on February 25, 2020, a Bay County jury found Gregory Robinson guilty as charged of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Hydrocodone, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The evidence presented at trial proved that Bay County Sheriff’s Officers were conducting a sexual offender check on the Defendant when they discovered a number of drug transactions that were occurring at the Youngstown Motel room occupied by the Defendant.  A search warrant was later issued and executed on the Defendant’s room.  Inside, Sheriff’s officers located a trafficking amount of methamphetamine, hydrocodone pills, and numerous other pills.  The Defendant later contacted the Sheriff’s Office and admitted possession of the drugs.

The case was investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Peter Overstreet.  Robinson is a Habitual Felony Offender and faces up to life in prison. He will be sentenced on March 10, 2020, by the Honorable Chief Judge Christopher Patterson.

Houston Convicted of Sexual Battery on a Child; Given 8 Life Sentences

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on February 21, 2020, a Bay County jury convicted Robert Lafayette Houston, IV, of 8 counts of Sexual Battery on Person Less Than 12 Years of Age.  The Defendant was charged with committing sexual battery on the victim when she was 10 and 11 years old.  The jury heard that these incidents were not isolated and had continued until she was an adult.

Due to the Rules of Evidence, the State was not able to present evidence of prior sex crimes committed by the Defendant.  The State was aware of 4 other young girls he had sexually abused in the past.

This case was investigated by Lt. Jeremy Mathis with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley and Assistant State Attorney Ian Gray.

Circuit Judge Ana Maria Garcia immediately sentenced the Defendant to 8 consecutive Life sentences, as well as designating him a sexual predator.

Judge Sentences Goedtke to Maximum Sentence of Life in Prison

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 27, 2020, Circuit Judge Timothy Register sentenced John Roland Goedtke to life imprisonment, the maximum sentence.  Previously, on January 23, Goedtke entered an open plea to the Court, with no agreement from the State, to three counts of DUI Manslaughter, one count of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Death, and one count of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.  The crash took the lives of linemen Ryan Barrett, George Cesil, and James “Bo” Ussery.  On October 24, 2018, the men were working along Highway 77 to restore power after Hurricane Michael.  Six family members from the Ussery family, the Barrett Family, and the Cesil family addressed the Court at today’s sentencing hearing.

Goedtke had a lengthy prior arrest history from South Florida.  The case was investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Chipley Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  It was prosecuted by State Attorney Glenn Hess and Assistant State Attorney Mark E. Graham.