Rouhlac Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm

Press Release

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on February 12, 2019, Jerome Roulhac Jr., was found guilty as charged by a Bay County jury of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm after the jury deliberated for just over an hour.  Roulhac had been in an ongoing dispute with the victim.  After an argument with the victim, Roulhac returned to the victim’s home, exited his car, and discharged a firearm at the victim.  A neighbor witnessed the event and immediately called 911.  The case was investigated by the Panama City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Peter Overstreet.  Roulhac faces a minimum mandatory 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10/20/Life law, and a maximum of 30 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for March 20, 2019 before Senior Circuit Judge Allen Register.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

Strickland Convicted of Batteries and Resisting Arrest

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 29, 2019, a six-member Bay County jury found Charles Strickland guilty as charged of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Officers With Violence, and Battery.

Evidence presented at trial proved that the Defendant battered an acquaintance, and when police responded to investigate that battery, the Defendant hit a Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy on the forehead with a flashlight, and then fought three deputies when they tried to take him into custody.  The case was investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Lawrence Gill and Nicole Reed.

The jury deliberated for approximately 2 hours.  Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson remanded the Defendant into custody and he will be sentenced at a later date.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

Beamon Sentenced to Death for Murder of Fellow Inmate

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Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, and Glenn Hess, State
Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced that on Monday,
January 28, 2019, Rocky Ali Beamon was sentenced to death in Jackson County,
Florida, for First Degree Premeditated Murder.

The conviction and sentence arose from the July 5, 2012, murder of Bruce Hunsicker at
the Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads, Florida.  Beamon and Hunsicker were
both inmates at the prison, and subsequent confessions by Beamon revealed that the
motive for the murder was primarily Hunsicker’s status as a sex offender.  Hunsicker
also owed Beamon money.

After watching the victim for several days to learn his schedule, Beamon killed
Hunsicker in the shower area of the prison dormitory by approaching him from behind,
choking him, and stabbing him 80 times with a homemade shank.  Beamon then rinsed
himself off and flushed the shank, a towel, and a pair of boxers, after which he
proceeded to dinner.

Beamon entered a guilty plea to First Degree Premeditated Murder and waived his right
to a jury trial for guilt and sentencing.  A Penalty Phase Judge Trial was then held on
December 17, 2018.  The State presented evidence of the heinousness of the killing as
well as details regarding Beamon’s prior criminal history, which included 2005
convictions for Murder, Kidnapping, and Robbery in Hillsborough County for which
Beamon was sentenced to life in prison.

The Honorable Christopher N. Patterson, Circuit Judge of the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit, determined that the aggravating factors in this case outweighed the mitigating
circumstances applicable to the Defendant and found that death was the appropriate
sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of
Corrections with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Assistant State Attorney Clifton Drake was responsible for the prosecution, with
assistance from Assistant State Attorney Jack Schlechter and Chief Assistant State
Attorney Bill Bishop.  All three attorneys are employed by the First Judicial Circuit but
were cross-designated with the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit for the prosecution of this
case.

State Attorney Bill Eddins also indicated that Rocky Beamon is under investigation for
an additional murder that occurred in January of 2017 while Beamon was incarcerated
at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.  The state intends to seek an indictment for
first degree murder in that case and also intends to seek a death sentence.

Any questions may be directed to Mr. Drake at (850) 689-5620.

Employment Opportunities – UPDATED

Please see the following job postings.  Applications are NOT accepted through the PeopleFirst electronic system.  Employment Application and Authorization to Release Information are available on our website at http://sa14.fl.gov/careers-opportunities/.  These should be emailed, along with resume and cover letter, to SA_businessoffice@sa14.fl.gov.

Experienced Attorney, Marianna Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/MARIANNA-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-ASSISTANT-STATE-ATTORNEY-21003637-FL-32446/529548900/

Entry-Level Attorney, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-ASSISTANT-STATE-ATTORNEY-UNDER-MILLION-21000132-FL-32402/529536300

Legal Assistant/Secretary I, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-LEGAL-ASSISTANTSECRETARY-I-21011242-FL-32402/529817600/

Communications/Public Relations Coordinator, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-ADMINISTRATOR-II-21003633-FL-32402/532667400/

Victim Witness Counselor II, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-VICTIM-WITNESS-COUNSELOR-II-21000136-FL-32405/532557400/

 

Sparaga Given 16 Life Sentences Plus 15 Years

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 25, 2019, Circuit Judge Brantley Clark, Jr., sentenced Todd Sparaga to 16 life sentences plus 15 years in the Department of Corrections.  On January 8, 2019, a six-member Bay County jury found Sparaga guilty as charged of 11 counts of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child under 12 Years of Age, five counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Battery.

Evidence presented at trial proved that between March or 2013 and January of 2018, Sparaga sexually molested two relatives on multiple occasions while at their family home.  Assistant State Attorneys Jennifer Hawkins and Cord Grimes prosecuted the case with the help of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and the victims.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

Phillip Stamman Joins the State Attorney’s Office

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 22, 2019, Phillip Stamman joined our Bay County office as an Assistant State Attorney in the Misdemeanor Division.  Mr. Stamman is licensed to practice law in Florida, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  After graduating from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN, Mr. Stamman worked as a Diversion Program Coordinator at the District Attorney’s Office of Juneau County, Wisconsin, where he had previously interned while a law student.  He then started a private practice, Southworth and Stamman, LLC, where he was the managing partner and worked primarily in the area of criminal law.  During this time, he also worked as a special prosecutor in cases involving child neglect, abuse, and abandonment. We welcome Mr. Stamman to the team!

 

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

Chapman Convicted of Burglary of a Dwelling

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 16, 2018, Antwain Chapman was found guilty as charged by a Bay County jury of Burglary of a Dwelling.

Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that the victim, who was the Defendant’s former brother-in-law, saw the Defendant on his way to work, and knowing that he had just gotten out of prison, attempted to help the Defendant by providing him clothing, money, and a place to stay for the night. However, after the victim left for work, the Defendant returned to his residence, kicked in the door, and stole some items out of the victim’s home. Surveillance video captured the Defendant walking away from the victim’s residence with a pillowcase stuffed with the victim’s belongings. The jury deliberated for 48 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty as charged.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Peter Overstreet and was investigated by the Panama City Police Department. Circuit Judge Brantley Clark, Jr., will sentence the Defendant on February 26, 2019. The Defendant faces up to 30 years of imprisonment as a habitual felony offender, and faces a 15-year minimum mandatory sentence as a prison releasee reoffender. He faces an additional 15 years for a violation of probation due to being on probation at the time of the offense.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.

Employment Opportunities

Please see the following job postings.  Applications are not accepted through the PeopleFirst electronic system.  Employment Application and Authorization to Release Information are available on our website at http://sa14.fl.gov/careers-opportunities/.  These should be emailed, along with resume and cover letter, to SA_businessoffice@sa14.fl.gov.

Experienced Attorney, Marianna Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/MARIANNA-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-ASSISTANT-STATE-ATTORNEY-21003637-FL-32446/529548900/

Entry-Level Attorney, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-ASSISTANT-STATE-ATTORNEY-UNDER-MILLION-21000132-FL-32402/529536300/

Legal Assistant/Secretary I, Panama City Office:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PANAMA-CITY-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-LEGAL-ASSISTANTSECRETARY-I-21011242-FL-32402/529817600/

Construction Fraud Task Force Makes Arrests in Jackson County

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Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford announced the following information:

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, the Construction Fraud Task Force conducted another sting operation in Marianna and arrested three individuals when they arrived at a damaged home and gave the homeowner estimates to replace the roof.  Contracting without a License is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  The members of the Construction Fraud Task Force participating in today’s operation included officers from the State Attorney’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Bureau of Insurance Fraud.  The Task Force was formed in November to deter unlicensed contractors from committing fraud and grand theft on unsuspecting homeowners.  Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford said, “We know from past recovery efforts, that unlicensed contractors either took homeowners’ money and ran or took their money and provided substandard work that would not pass building inspections.  The goal of our Task Force is to protect our neighbors from being victimized again.”  To date, over thirty individuals have been arrested for Contracting without a License in Bay, Gulf, and Jackson Counties.  If you have been the victim of contractor fraud, contact the State Attorney’s office at 850-872-4473 or your local Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact our office at 850-872-4473.

Sparaga Convicted of Multiple Sex Offenses Involving Minors

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on January 8, 2019, a six-member Bay County jury found Todd Sparaga guilty as charged of eleven counts of Capital Sexual Battery on a Child Under 12 Years of Age, five counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Battery.

Evidence presented at trial proved that between March of 2013 and January of 2018, Sparaga sexually molested two relatives on multiple occasions while at the family home.  One victim approached her school counselor on or around January 23, 2018, which prompted the investigation into the sexual abuse allegations.  Investigator Chris Williams with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Sparaga after meeting with both victims.  Sparaga confessed to sexually abusing the victims after being read his Miranda rights.

The jury deliberated for fifteen minutes before returning a verdict of guilty as charged on all counts.  Sparaga faces up to 16 consecutive life sentences plus 15 years in the Department of Corrections.  Circuit Judge Brantley Clark, Jr., will sentence Sparaga on January 25, 2019.  Assistant State Attorneys Jennifer Hawkins and Cord Grimes prosecuted the case with the help of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and the victims.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.