Pace Convicted of Sexual Battery and False Imprisonment

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on July 9-11, 2018, a six-member Bay County jury found Andrew Allan Pace guilty as charged on all counts, including one count of Sexual Battery Under Specified Circumstances, one count of Sexual Battery with Certain Minors, and one count of False Imprisonment.

Evidence presented at trial showed that on May 20, 2016, Andrew Allan Pace invited the victim, a 16-year-old boy, to lunch before providing him with a shot of alcohol that left the victim incapacitated to resist Pace’s advances.  The victim regained consciousness around 7:30 p.m.  Pace had tied him to his bed and was raping him.  The victim was able to break free from the restraints and fled Pace’s home into the arms of neighbors who called 9-1-1.

Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and immediately began an investigation that led to the arrest of Pace on May 21, 2016. Neighbors testified the victim came running from Pace’s house, naked, terrified and in pain, begging for them to hide him from the man in the white Lincoln.  DNA evidence corroborated the victim’s testimony.

The jury deliberated for a little over two hours before returning a verdict of guilty as charged on all counts.  Circuit Judge Allen Register will sentence Pace on August 7, 2018.  Pace is facing up to life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator.  Assistant State Attorneys Jennifer Hawkins and Alyssa Yarbrough prosecuted the case with the help of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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

Remembering Susan Rodger

Yesterday, the State Attorney’s Office lost one of our own.  Assistant State Attorney Susan Rodger was a bright, shining light in our office.  Susan started working with us in 2010 as a prosecutor in felony court.  She was promoted to Interim Chief of the Juvenile Division in 2011, and became the permanent Chief in 2015.  Susan was a dedicated, thoughtful prosecutor, and was a natural at working with juveniles.  Her compassion and positive attitude will be missed by everyone in our office.  We are all better for having known her.  State Attorney Glenn Hess and his Assistants and staff extend their sincerest condolences to Susan’s family and friends.

Employment Opportunities in Gulf County

The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces the following job opportunities in Gulf County.  Please follow the directions in the job postings to apply.  Employment application and authorization to release information are available on our website at: http://sa14.fl.gov/careers-opportunities/.  Copy and paste the links below into your browser.

Secretary II:

https://jobs.myflorida.com/Justice%20Administrative%20Co/job/PORT-SAINT-JOE-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-SECRETARY-II-21013634-FL-32446/488639500/

Victim/Witness Counselor II (Position serves Gulf and Calhoun Counties):

https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/PORT-SAINT-JOE-STATE-ATTORNEY'S-OFFICE%2C-14TH-CIRCUIT-VICTIM-WITNESS-COUNSELOR-II-21009081-FL-32405/488637900/

For additional information, contact Human Resources at SA_businessoffice@sa14.fl.gov.

Allen Convicted of 127 Offenses, Including Numerous Child Sex Crimes

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on July 2-3, 2018, a six-member Bay County jury found Scott E. Allen guilty as charged of 127 counts, including one count of Sexual Battery on a Child Less than 12 Years of Age, two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, one count of Video Voyeurism on Certain Minors, one count of Video Voyeurism, seven counts of Producing Child Pornography, and 115 counts of Possessing Child Pornography.

The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that on August 17, 2016, the Defendant recorded a minor while she tried on pants in the Goodwill store in Lynn Haven, Florida.  Then on September 10, 2016, the Lynn Haven Police Department arrested the Defendant and searched his truck.  Inside the Defendant’s truck, officers located seven thumb drives and a Motorola XT1080 cell phone.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reviewed the evidence seized from the Defendant’s truck and discovered videos of women changing clothes in dressing rooms, women using the bathroom at the Defendant’s home, images of the Defendant and a child engaged in acts of sexual conduct, and 115 images of child pornography.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before returning a verdict of guilty as charged on all counts.  Circuit Judge Brantley Clark, Jr., will sentence the Defendant on July 17, 2018.  The Defendant is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and will be designated a sexual predator.  Assistant State Attorneys Jennifer Hawkins and Alyssa Yarbrough prosecuted the case with the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Special Agent Brian Livesay, Chris Wilkinson with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lynn Haven Police Department.

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

Craven Convicted of First Degree Murder, Jury Recommends Death Sentence

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on June 28, 2018, a Jackson County jury found Daniel Jacob Craven, Jr., guilty as charged of First Degree Murder in the death of his cellmate at the Graceville Correctional Facility. On June 29, 2018, the twelve-member jury recommended a sentence of death by a unanimous vote.

Evidence presented at the trial demonstrated that while incarcerated at the Graceville Correctional Facility, Craven murdered his cellmate, John H. Anderson, on June 28, 2015, by repeatedly stabbing him with a shank. During the trial, the jury heard testimony that Craven killed his cellmate because they were of different races and religions, and because Craven wanted to start a race riot in prison.

Evidence presented during the penalty phase of the trial demonstrated that Craven was at the Graceville Correctional Facility serving a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Ronald Justice. Craven had been having an affair with Justice’s wife, and beat Justice with a baseball bat outside of the home where Justice was staying, while Justice begged for his life. He then handcuffed Justice and drowned him in a dog bowl.

The case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford and Assistant State Attorney Laura Parish. Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson set sentencing for September 4, 2018.

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

Billy Dean Lay Convicted of Drug Charges

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on June 26, 2018, a Bay County jury found Billy Dean Lay guilty of Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, and Use or Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia.  During the one-day trial, the State presented evidence showing that on June 11, 2017, Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Young was investigating a burglary in the area of Grand Lagoon Shores Dr. and North Lagoon Dr.  When he observed the Defendant in the area, Deputy Young tried to make contact with the Defendant and his Co-Defendant, who promptly ran in opposite directions.  Deputy Young gave chase to Billy Dean Lay and located him hiding in a bush, surrounded by the discarded methamphetamine and the paraphernalia.  When the Deputy attempted to take the Defendant into custody, the Defendant fled again.  Deputy Young was able to catch the Defendant and bring him to the ground where the Defendant continued to resist the officer.  Thanks to the help of a Good Samaritan who stopped to assist Deputy Young, they were able to get the Defendant under control and arrested him.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Nicole Reed and Alexis Sykes and investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.  Presiding Judge A. Keith Brace will set sentencing at a later date.

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

Barfield Convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon; Sentenced to 8 Years

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on June 21, 2018, Michael Shaun Barfield was found guilty by a Bay County jury of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Battery, and Battery.  During the trial the victim, a long time survivor of domestic abuse from her companion of almost 15 years, described the traumatic abuse that occurred the night of July 2, 2017, in which the Defendant strangled her and rammed her car several times with his as she attempted to flee.  The victim sustained injuries to her face, and mouth as well as nerve damage and a laceration to her arm causing severe bleeding.  Investigators Jared Turner and Brent Roberts with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office testified as to their investigations and the severity of the victim’s injuries as well as the condition of the scene when they responded.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Nichole Pieper and Barbara Beasley.  Circuit Court Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced the Defendant to 8 years in the Department of Corrections.

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

Turntime Enters Plea to Second Degree Murder for Death of Accomplice in Robbery

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on June 21, 2018, Brandon Maurice Turntime entered a plea to Second Degree Felony Murder and Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm and was sentenced to 25 years in the Department of Corrections, with the first 10 years to be served day-for-day due to the 10-20-Life law.  On December 4, 2017, the Defendant and Peyton Meyers, both armed with firearms, broke into an apartment on the 5th floor at the 100 building of 79 West Apartments and told the occupants to get on the floor, demanding drugs and money.  As the Defendant and Meyers left, one of the occupants attacked Meyers, attempting to retrieve her property. During the struggle with the occupant, Meyers appeared to be attempting to shoot the occupant that had attacked him and at that moment one of the other occupants shot Meyers two times.  The Defendant fled the scene but was apprehended a short distance from the crime scene. Meyers was pronounced dead at the scene.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Mark E. Graham and the case was investigated by the Panama City Beach Police Department.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.

Patterson Indicted for First Degree Murder

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess releases the following information:

On June 8, 2018, a Jackson County Grand Jury returned an indictment for First Degree Murder against Frederick W. Patterson III, age 21, for killing his cellmate, Arthur Williams, by beating him with his fists and feet.

The homicide occurred at the Jackson County Correctional Facility in Marianna on January 15, 2018.  It was investigated by the Marianna Police Department.

Patterson is currently serving a Life sentence for Second Degree Murder.  On October 2, 2015, Patterson, while housed at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads, Florida, used his hands and feet to beat his cellmate, Scott Collinsworth, to death.  He will be arraigned on June 19, 2018, before Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.

HAWK SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER

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The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that 76 year old William Hawk was sentenced to 25 years in prison after accepting a plea to two counts of second degree murder and one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.  On February 11, 2017, Hawk shot and killed his girlfriend, Mary Reed and her friend, Kassi Henderson at Mrs. Reed’s home in Jackson County.  When confronted by arresting deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Hawk refused to drop his handgun and was subsequently shot.

Hawk recovered from his injuries, but was then sent to the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee after being found legally incompetent to proceed.  On June 5, 2018, Judge Chris Patterson found Hawk restored to competency based on the most recent evaluation from the State Hospital.  Hawk acknowledged that by accepting the 25 year offer, it would most likely amount to a life sentence for a man of his age.  “I understand that I will die in prison”, Hawk told Judge Patterson.  The case was prosecuted by Bob Sombathy, Chief of Major Crimes and the lead investigator was Sgt. Billy Benton of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant Attorney Larry Basford.