THE RUSSELL RECORD

 

Highlights of Over 30 Years Holding Criminals Accountable!

These are some of the cases that I am proud to have personally prosecuted in my career, seeking justice for victims and all of our citizens.

 

 

2013

After two week trial, Jury finds Rivera guilty as charged for shooting Cape Coral Police Officer, during routine traffic stop

 

Yousel L. Rivera – Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer

Life in Prison

2007

Jury finds teen guilty as charged in brutal abduction, sexual assault, and murder of Anna Randazzo

 

Joshua Henninger, 16 – First Degree Murder, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Arson

Life in Prison

2007

Chapman - guilty of heinous kidnapping, murder of 17 year old Mariner H.S. honor student Annamarie Randazzo

 

Jeremy Chapman – First Degree Murder, Sexual Battery, Kidnapping, Arson

Life in Prison

2006

Second Charlotte inmate found guilty of first murder of female state correctional Officer – Darla Lathrem

 

Stephen Smith – First Degree Murder

Death Penalty

2006

Jury finds inmate guilty of brutal murder of officer Darla Lathrem during escape attempt at Charlotte Correctional

 

Dwight T. Eaglin – First Degree Murder

Death Penalty

2003

16 yr old guilty of brutal beating of Elderly N. FT. Myers Woman

 

Richard Lee Daniel – Attempted Murder

20 years

2001

John Watson – guilty of Attempted Sexual Battery of Child

21 years

2001

Jury finds Phillip Duffey guilty of Capital Sexual Battery, Child Neglect                            

Life in Prison

2001

Carl Aldrich – guilty of Lewd, Lascivious Molestation of Child

30 years

2001

William Cunningham – guilty in Attempted Sexual Battery of Child

25 years

2001

Daniel Sallade - guilty of Attempted Sexual Battery – Child

23 years

2001

Jimmie L. Giles – guilty of Attempted Sexual Battery – Child

20 years

2001

Raymond Norris – guilty of Lewd Act, Attempted Sexual Battery – Child

25 years

2000

Arturo Saldana – guilty of Attempted Sexual Battery – Child

22.5 years

2000

Radio Personality “Tim Danger” found guilty by jury of statutory rape

 

Timothy Allen - Lewd, Lascivious Battery

6 years

2000

Matthew Blackert – Found guilty by jury of Capital Sexual Battery - Child

Life in Prison

1999

David Holmes – Jury finds defendant guilty of Capital Sexual Battery – Child

Life in Prison

1999

Husband convicted in jury trial of beating wife in Charlotte County

 

Tommy Pleasant - Aggravated Battery, False Imprisonment

7 years

1998

Ex-cop found guilty by jury in 1994 Punta Gorda shooting of wife, schoolteacher and  mother of 10 month old son

 

Paul Whritenour - 2nd Degree Murder

21 Years

1996

Former Mariner High School student, then 16, found guilty by jury in tortuous, beating death of 19 yr old Cape “friend”

 

Keith Brennan - 1st Degree Murder, Robbery

Life in Prison

1996

18 yr old found guilty of brutal baseball bat slaying, robbery of Cape teen

 

Joshua Nelson - 1st degree Murder, Robbery

Death Penalty

1996

Beating death of Ft Myers community leader Bud Roth

 

Steven Cintron - 1st Degree Murder, Burglary, Robbery

Life in Prison

1993

Fifth Death Sentence finally affirmed by Florida Supreme Court in 1976 murder of Jill Piper, 16 yr old Bonita girl

 

Harold Gene Lucas - First Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder

Death Penalty

1992

Police Lieutenant convicted of official misconduct after two week trial

 

Norman Marlow - Official Misconduct

Felony - terminated

1991

Pine Island wife stabber guilty 

 

Charles Richard Dunn - 1st degree Murder

Life in Prison

1990

DEA Bomber sentenced for murder

 

Jeffrey Mathews- 2nd Degree Murder

Life in Prison

1989

George Washington, Jr. guilty of 2 murders, 3 rapes after early prison release

 

Two 1st Degree Murders, Kidnapping, Three Sexual Batteries

Life - 3 consecutive

1988

Double Murderer David Hartlep found guilty, sentenced in throat slashing killing in Edison Mall

 

Two 1st Degree Murders

Life - 2 consecutive

1988

George South guilty of raping, killing 8 year old Fort Myers girl

 

First Degree Murder, Sexual Battery – Child

Death Penalty

1987

Attorney convicted of conspiracy to give unlawful compensation

 

Richard Rendina – Conspiracy to give Unlawful Compensation

County Jail

1985

Sanibel real estate saleswoman robbed, shot and killed in model home – 1st Island murder

 

Markham William Dowell - 1st Degree Murder, Robbery

Life in Prison

1984

Kidnap-murder of wealthy grandson of Miles Lab founder

 

Lionel Ramone Crawford - 1st Degree Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery

Life in Prison

1983

William Lee Brown convicted of manslaughter by jury

 

10 years

1983

Three SW Florida men found guilty in Kilo cocaine smuggling trial

 

John Herlovich, Archie Lowe, Barney McClenithan - Trafficking in Cocaine

30 years

1983

Marquez escapes, apprehended in Ohio, found guilty at trial

 

Kevin John Marquez – Escape

30 years

1983

Gerald A. “Spike” Morenus guilty of triple slaying of wife and her parents

 

Three 1st Degree Murders

Life - 3 consecutive

1983

Former Ft Lauderdale prosecutor guilty of drug charge

 

Alan Ludwig - Possession Controlled Substance

1 year

1982

Marquez shoots marina owner in attempted speedboat heist

 

Kevin John Marquez - Attempted 1st Degree Murder

114 years

1982

Co-conspirator found guilty in plotting death of businessman

 

David Green - Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

30 years

1982

Jury finds sales manager guilty in murder for hire plot

 

Andrew Cohen - Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder

30 years

1982

Man guilty of murder, attempted murder of elderly landlord, wife

 

James Cash - 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st degree murder

Life in Prison

1981

Moore Haven man convicted in Pine Island drug smuggling

 

Doug Hines - Trafficking in Marijuana Over 2000 Pounds

10 years

1981

Former deputy guilty of marijuana trafficking

 

Karl Syfrett - Trafficking in Marijuana over 100 Pounds

3 years

1981

After jury finds him guilty, Murderer compliments Prosecutor Steve Russell on trial work

 

Clinton Smith - 2nd Degree Murder

30 years

1981

Jury convicts Charleston Park man of shooting sister-in-law; tied 6-6 on death recommendation

 

Larry Jenkins - 1st Degree murder

Life in Prison

1981

16 year old sentenced in Fort Myers Mall kidnap-rape

 

Kelly Sanders - Kidnapping, Sexual Battery

30 years

1981

Jury finds Cape man guilty of rape of exotic dancer at lake

 

Jake Williams - Sexual Battery

5 years

1980

Nighttime serial rapist found guilty by jury

 

Robert Graham Jr - Sexual Battery

30 years

1980

Largest cocaine bust in Lee County history

 

Trafficking in Cocaine

15 years

1980

First trial conviction in 7 county drug smuggling roundup

 

Ronald Goodsen - Trafficking in Marijuana

15 years

1980

Ft. Myers building contractor guilty of plotting wife's brutal murder attempt

 

John H. Davis, Jr. - Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Sexual Battery, Robbery, Burglary

Life, plus 35 years

1979

Man rapes female acquaintance six months pregnant

 

Bobby Dail - Sexual Battery

10 years

1979

Collier County jury says guilty to Vodoo pot smugglers

 

Moises Montanez, Nathaniel Wood

- Possession Over 100 Pounds With Intent to Distribute

5 years

1979

Hired killer guilty of shooting, rape and robbery of mother, while her 3 yr old son asleep

 

James Ivy Kennedy - Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Robbery, Sexual Battery, Burglary

Life, plus 30 years

1978

Ex-husband attempted sex on former wife, found guilty by jury

 

William Glenn Stebbens - Attempted Sexual Battery

5 years

1978

14 Yr old boy stabs, sexually assaults 69 year old woman

 

David Alan Sands - Attempted Murder, Sexual Battery

Institutionalized

1978

Fort Myers woman guilty of first-degree murder of boyfriend

 

Eva Mae Thomas - 1st Degree Murder

Life in Prison

1977

Store owner convicted of food stamp fraud

 

James Hutto - Food Stamp Fraud

Fine

1977

Lee County woman guilty of food stamp/welfare fraud

 

Jeanette Hodge - Welfare Fraud

6 months Jail

1977

Store manager convicted at trial of selling pornography

 

Stephen Zaremba - Selling Obscene Magazine

Fine, Library Donation


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