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Connie Ankney, Punta Gorda

Son, Gregory Malnory, 25, was fatally shot and his throat slit while his  wife, Kimberly, 26, was beaten, raped and shot to death, April 6, 1997.  Their baby daughter, Maranda, not yet two years old, was found 22 hours later still in her car seat along with their dog near where her parents were murdered.  The killer, James Dennis "Jimbo" Ford was Gregory's co-worker  was finally arrested as more evidence was discovered.  He was sentenced to two death penalties, 19 years for sexual assault plus five years for child endangerment.

 

 

Darrell and Arlyne Barnes, Dunnellon

Son, Mitchell Krupp, 29,  thought to have been shot prior to being cremated in his home, on or about July 25, 1997.  It is believed his partial remains were placed on his bed in his home and set on fire, to make it appear as if he had committed suicide instead of been murdered. The fire burned so hot that it reduced everything, including his body, to little more than a pile of gray ash. Authorities said the fire was deliberately set using an accelerant, but classified the cause of death as "undetermined." Unsolved.

 

 

Hon. Dennis and Doris Dorsey, Manalapan

Three cousins murdered.  Scott Campbell, 27, strangled and

thrown from airplane, April 17, 1982. Two men were convicted and sentenced:  One, life without parole and the other, two sentenced to 25 years to life, running concurrently.

 

Mickey and Trudy Thompson, shot to death assassination style as they were leaving their home,  March 16, 1988.  December 2001, Michael Goodwin was arrested for Mickey & Trudy's murders in Orange County, CA.  Nearly 19 years after their murders, Goodwin was tried and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole in March 2007.

 

 

Mike and Debbie Hammette, Jacksonville

Son, Ryan, 17, murdered by a gang while riding his bicycle with a friend,

April 24, 1994.  A stolen van with 12 people inside stopped them and an 18-year-old gang member pointed a gun and demanded money. Ryan's friend took off as Ryan was knocked to the ground, shot, beaten and kicked by six of the perpetrators.  A 16-year-old gang member retrieved the gun and shot Ryan in the head.  Six months later the State Attorney charged the nine with "kidnapping with intent to terrorize." Four were sentenced to six to eighteen months in youth detention.  Two defendants sentenced to three years for kidnapping and one fled the country and was never extradited.  The 16-year-old shooter was charged with 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 20 years.  The 18-year-old gang leader who had only been out of jail for four weeks was sentenced to 30 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 30 years for auto theft, 20 years for kidnapping and 15 years for manslaughter.  Stealing a car carried a stiffer sentence than murder!

 

 

 

Maureen Kane, Naples

Son, Justin Valenzano, 21, beaten and stabbed while helping  friends outside his apartment, February 9, 1997. Justin saw a confrontation where teenagers were beating Justin's friends with a pipe. A 15-year-old pulled a knife and fatally stabbed Justin.  The teenage suspect was apprehended four days later.  His trial as an adult took over two years and he was sentenced to 3rd degree murder, 10 - 20 years concurrent in addition to a weapons charge.

 

 

Barbara Koeppel, Hollywood, Florida

Son, R. Scott Koeppel, 27, beaten to death by a youth gang outside a fast food restaurant, July 28, 1989. Scott  was about to leave the restaurant when approximately 30 gang youth surrounded him, kicked and punched him, even hitting Scott with a brick.  Eight were charged with his murder, all between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.  Eight were charged, seven tried and found guilty of a misdemeanor.  The eighth youth testified, pled guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. His sentence was reduced to misdemeanor assault.

 

 

Audrey Major, Boyton Beach

Son, Daymian Jacobs, 21, shot to death on his college campus,

 October 16, 2001.  A group of non-students blocked Damian's path, a gun was displayed, a bottle was thrown and a fight broke out.  The 18-year-old perpetrator, Derrick Daniel shot Damian once, fatally wounding him.  There were 30 witnesses who reported the crime. Derrick Daniel was arrested and 14 of the witnesses testified at his trial.  He was convicted and sentenced April 2003 to life without parole.

 

 

Mac & Sue McLendon, Tallahassee,

Three cousins murdered.  Scott Campbell, 27, strangled and

thrown from airplane, April 17, 1982. Two men were convicted and sentenced:  One, life without parole and the other, two sentenced to 25 years to life, running concurrently.

Mickey and Trudy Thompson, shot to death assassination style as they were leaving their home,  March 16, 1988.  December 2001, Michael Goodwin was arrested for Mickey & Trudy's murders in Orange County, CA.  Nearly 19 years after their murders, Goodwin was tried and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole in March 2007.

 

 

Sherry and Murl Mitchell, Sarasota

Son, Ronnie Chris Mitchell, 31, shot to death by his former girlfriend,

Linda Koch, on October 2, 1994 as he helped her clear out their apartment.  She grabbed a .22 caliber Derringer from under her pillow and shot Ronnie twice in the forehead.  She was charged with 2nd degree murder only to be released the next morning after posting $20,000 bail.  She served no time for Ronnie's murder except for a few hours in county jail. 

 

 

Janet Poklemba, Jacksonville

Brother, Andrew Charles Poklemba, 25, murdered by his

18-year-old college roommate, Rudolph Munn, in Tennessee,  November 28, 1995. The perpetrator was arrested, convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  There were two trials, the last one for re-sentencing.  The second trial was six years later.

 

 

Bob Preston, Venice

Daughter, Wendy Preston, 23, murdered, by a man robbing her family’s home to obtain money to buy drugs, June 23, 1977.  Wendy's parents were away at the time and her friends found her body six days later.  David Tal-Mason was arrested and convicted August 1983 to life in prison without parole. He had been denied parole until October 1999, when a Florida judge decided to retry the case as he ruled the suspect's rights had been violated.  January 2000: Preliminary hearing, pled to 2nd degree with time served, 10 years closed probation.  Wendy's killer is believed to be living in Florida.

 

Sandra Santiago, Port Charlotte

Daughter, Sonya Lee Santiago, 19, was raped, had her throat slashed,

and bled to death, slumped over her bathtub in her apartment,  March 7, 1999.  Sonya's mutilated body was discovered by her mother.  Her cold-blooded killer, Wayne Scott Harbison, 30, a registered sex offender, had been released from prison on early release due to prison overcrowding  and he was wearing an ankle monitor!  Harbison was arrested, pled guilty to avoid the death penalty, charged with first -degree murder and two years later was sentenced to life in prison.


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