Ashley Toye and Roderick Washington, who were under 18 at the time they took part in the torture and murder of Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa, were back in court yesterday for resentencing. The Supreme court ruled in 2012 in Miller v. Alabama, that mandatory life sentences for juveniles were not proper under the Constitution. Florida passed a new law providing for new sentences for such criminals, and Toye and Washington are among the first to be sentenced under the new law. The judge could have sentenced them to less time, but declined to do so based on the facts of the case that included false imprisonment and torture before the victims were shot. They will have a chance to have their sentences reviewed after 25 years, another provision of the new law that has yet to be tested.
Molly Shattuck (Right) with the Ravens Cheerleaders
Molly Shattuck, who gained some fame 10 years ago as the older cheerleader in the NFL at 38-years-old, entered a plea in her sex offense case. She pleaded guilty to performing a sex act on a boy who was 15-years-old at the time. She was accused, basically, of giving him a blow job and some other counts of providing alcohol to minors, which have been dropped. Sentencing is several weeks away, where it is anticipated that she will ask the court not to sentence her to incarceration, since she is a first-time offender. She will be designated as a sex-offender, and must report for at least 25 years.
This offense is a felony, unlike the misdemeanor former Ben-Gal Sarah Jones pled to a couple years ago.
Guinea Pig Roaster
Police responded to a 911 call about a possible squirrel abuse case, but found an Ecuadorean man grilling a guinea pig in a designated barbecue area. Which is not illegal. This case actually happened in Prospect Park. Do not try to catch squirrels or other park animals; that would be a crime. Guinea Pigs are a protein staple of many South American diets, where it is called cuy.
Two (of course these stories have to come from) Florida residents have been arrested in the past week for domestic violence incidents involving food. Both actually stem from Pinellas County.
First, Daniel Plunkett of Treasure Island stands accused of throwing pizza at his roommate. Plunkett, for his part, says that he was actually the victim of the pizza throwing, and the officers did note pizza sauce on his clothing. Unfortunately for him, he is being held without bond as this charge violates his probation.
Meanwhile, just a few days later, Clearwater resident Rykihia Moore was charged with striking her boyfriend with a hamburger she threw. She was up front, admitting to deputies that she did throw the burger and said, “it may have hit him.” Apparently the argument stemmed from concerns that she was being unfaithful.
To say the least, it’s been a busy week in the domestic violence division of Pinellas County, Fla.
Because this is Florida, between the time that I wrote this, and scheduled publication, there has already been another food battery, also with burgers. 19 year old Vero Beach man Tanner Wolf became irate at his father and chucked a McDonald’s bag at him. Wolf also admitted to his crime against family and food. (Thanks @_Floridaman)
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According to the News 13 story, they were Sandbar Sharks (or brown sharks), which are common. That begs the question for me, why did local law enforcement prosecute somebody for catching one of them, but it’s no problem for 5 of them to be cruising down the highway?
And it’s been a while since we’ve had a reason to say this, but thanks to Sea World for putting up the stranded sharks! #onlyinflorida Also, in case you didn’t see it, just a few days ago another Florida Man tried to sell a live shark outside a supermarket. FWC decided to let him off with a warning (the shark was released).
News 13 image of shark rescue
Exactly what the headline says, this guy must be high. He climbs on top of a marked Sheriff’s SUV, presumably in front of the deputy’s home, and just starts jamming away. It looks like he has a few moments of conversation with an imaginary friend, as well. Either he is impaired, or has a major mental health issue: there is no rational explanation for this behavior! Enjoy, courtesy Lee County Sheriff’s YouTube channel:
Steven Anderson Mug Shot
Steven James Anderson was sentenced to 9 days in jail for a DUI on a Zamboni after the judge rejected his attorney’s argument that a Zamboni is not a vehicle. A Zamboni, or pretty much anything else on wheels, qualifies as a vehicle in Florida, as well.