March 23, 2010
A sentence of 15 years for trying to break into jail!?!?This local story from Florida, which is headlined "After outburst, man who tried to break into jail gets 15 years," reports on a remarkable case with a remarkable (final?) sentencing chapter. Here are the basics:
Obscenities and claims of injustice marked a hearing Monday for a Cocoa man sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for violating probation in a manslaughter case by trying to break back into the Brevard County Detention Center.
Circuit Judge George Maxwell and court deputies called for order as the 25-year-old Sylvester Jiles broke into a profanity-laced tirade andwas led out of the courtroom. " You have no right to disrupt this courtroom and I admonish you to not do it again," Maxwell told Jiles when he was brought back to complete the sentencing. "You've got a family that loves you and there's another family involved. Outbursts like that can lead to people getting hurt, something you seem to not have learned."
Several of Jiles'supporters stormed out and picked up the outburst in the hallway, where they added racial slurs and continued to yellat the judge, the manslaughter victim's family and media until they stepped onto an elevator to exit the building.
Jiles originally was sentenced to eight years of probation under a plea deal in the 2007 shooting death of 19-year-old Dustin Prouse. On Aug. 31 of last year, three days after his release, he returned to the jail and begged deputies to take him back because he feared for his life.
Officials said they told him to file a police report, but he scaled one fence and was attempting to scale a second one, topped with razor-sharp wire, when he fell and suffered deep cuts. Court documents filed after the incident said Jiles violated his probation by trespassing on jail property and resisting an officer....
When Jiles heard he would serve the maximum, minus credit for time served, he became upset because the judge wouldn't allow him to speak. The judge said he heard Jiles' testimony during a January hearing.
Jiles apologized when he was returned to the courtroom. "I just wanted to say I'm not saying I'm the shooter. I only pled guilty to it," he said. "I'm not going against your sentence, sir. You say 15 years. It is what it is."
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Posted by: ohwilleke | Mar 24, 2010 10:08:32 PM
it's called criminal stupidty of govt!
Posted by: rodsmith | Mar 24, 2010 11:09:47 PM