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December 5, 2013

Ortiz sentenced to life in prison

Ortiz will serve 80 years in prison before possibility of parole

Live Oak — Anthony Michael Ortiz, 18, who was found guilty of first degree murder in late October, was sentenced to life in a state prison with the possibility of parole Thursday by Third Circuit Judge David Fina. Ortiz was found to be guilty of the murder of Suwannee County resident Charles David Napier, 49, in April of 2012. Ortiz was also found guilty of home invasion robbery and tampering with evidence.

On the count of first degree murder, Ortiz was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. On the second count of home invasion robbery, Ortiz received a 50 year sentence with a minimum mandatory of 25 years. Fina rendered a five year sentence for the third count of tampering with evidence. Fina ruled for those sentences to be served consecutively, which means Ortiz will not be eligible for parole until he has served 80 years.

Ortiz was on trial Oct. 21-23, 2013 before Fina. It only took a Suwannee County jury two hours of deliberating to find Ortiz guilty of first degree murder. Ortiz was also found guilty of home invasion robbery and tampering with evidence.

Prior to the murder trial, Sheriff Tony Cameron said Ortiz admitted to murdering Napier at his home in Suwannee County on April 28. The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office stated that Napier was shot 10 times with a .40 caliber handgun. The incident took place at Napier’s residence around 7 p.m.

Cliff Wilson, Jr., the attorney representing Ortiz, said he plans to appeal the court’s ruling.

 

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