Live Oak —
Anthony Michael Ortiz, 18, who was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder and two related charges, was re-sentenced recently regarding the two additional charges that will now be served concurrently with the life sentence. Ortiz will serve 50 years before he is eligible for parole.
Ortiz was sentenced by Third Circuit Judge David Fina in December of 2013 for the April 2012 murder of Suwannee County resident David Napier when Ortiz was 16. 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 originally ruled for those sentences to be served consecutively, which means Ortiz would not have been eligible for parole until he had served 80 years. However, he was re-sentenced for the counts to be served concurrently, which means he will now serve them at the same time. Ortiz originally received a 50 year sentence with a minimum mandatory of 25 years for home invasion robbery, however, that sentence was changed and Ortiz will now face a minimum mandatory of 50 years.