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A 16-year-old boy has been indicted as an adult on charges of murdering two British men in Sarasota, Florida, police said Wednesday.

Shawn A. Tyson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last month’s shooting deaths of James M. Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzaris, 24, both of England, Sarasota Police Chief Mikel T. Hollaway said in a written statement.

Tyson will be tried as an adult and, if convicted of first-degree murder, could receive life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, Hollaway said.

The neighborhood where the British men were found is a housing project in north Sarasota called Newtown, police said.

The teen suspect lives near the crime scene, a police report said, and he had been arrested earlier in April on a charge of aggravated assault with a handgun.

Police said the murders were an isolated incident at the complex, where the housing authority has been working to address problems.

The two men were believed to be friends who recently graduated from college and were in Sarasota to celebrate.

iWonder what evidence they have besides just living near the scene and an older charge not (conviction) of aggravation assault with a gun charge have to do with him getting arrested ? o i c lmao he confessed why didnt they just say so… damnit made me look stupid.

Coming from a young male it seems this brother got over his head real quick in life but what is the real problem these tragedies happen is the question is it his society to leave him at the door step and not let him in. a lot of people complain but don’t never take no actions. how can we ever be a factor if we never been a actor… Give this generation some opportunities quick or you will just be reading stories like this in the  news every night.

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Chief Justice Michael Kruse says the case of a man who savagely beat to death another man following a drinking binge highlights the problem of alcohol in the territory, and that the government needs to be “more proactive” in enforcement of law.
Kruse’s statement was made yesterday during sentencing of 32-year old Eperone Tipasae, accused in the beating death of Alapati Naisati, which occurred Apr. 10 of last year at a bus stop in Lepuapua.
According to a court affidavit, a hospital physician told police that the victim suffered “extensive and multiple head, neck and mouth injuries.” Additionally, the left side of the victim’s face was “extremely swollen and bruised” and the victim had a two-inch laceration above his left eye, bruises on his forehead and missing teeth.
Tipasae was initially charged with one count each of first-degree murder and first degree assault but under a plea agreement with the government in March this year, the defendant pled guilty to second degree murder and assault in the third degree.
During sentencing Kruse said the defendant earlier this year had “admitted to savagely” beating another person and later returned to administer another beating that resulted in the victim’s death.
Kruse pointed out that the Probation Office believes that the background of the defendant is very good, and that he was good to his parents and his siblings. However, he said the Probation Office also believes this incident occurred due to “binge drinking” by the defendant and this was the only explanation for the reason that such an assault occurred.
“This case highlights the problem of alcohol in the territory,” said Kruse, who added that “alcohol is not a mitigating circumstance” in this case.
He told the court that this is an issue, which District Court Judge John Ward II has often spoken about. Kruse said the government’s Alcoholic Beverage and Control board needs to “be more proactive” in enforcement of alcohol issues.
For second degree murder, the defendant was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment and 5 years imprisonment for the assault charge and both are to “run concurrent”, said Kruse.
Sentencing for Tipasae, who has been in custody since his arrest, initially started in late May this year, when the victim’s sister told the court that the “brutal beating” of her brother showed “no mercy” and that her mother has never been the same since then.
The defendant’s attorney, Public Defender Ruth Risch-Fuatagavi and Assistant Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau also addressed the court at the time, but sentencing was never completed because of a discrepancy in the charges to which the defendant pled guilty.
Both the defense and prosecution didn’t have anything new to add at yesterday’s sentencing.
According to a court affidavit, Tipasae punched the victim in the face and the “victim fell on the ground and the defendant started kicking the victim and stomping him in the face.”
After the assault, Tipasae left the scene and went elsewhere and later returned to find the victim still on the ground from the first assault. He then resumed punching the victim again by first pulling the victim up by his hair, the affidavit states.
When questioned by police, Tipasae admitted that he assaulted the victim by punching him several times in the face.
The victim tried to get up but the defendant continued to assault him and he also admitted to kicking the victim in the head several times as well as in the facial area, the affidavit also states.

 

SUFFOLK, Va. — A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged after allegedly leaving his child home alone with nearly two dozen dangerous animals in Suffolk.

Emmanuel Valazquez was charged with cruelty and injuries to children, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to Suffolk police spokesperson Debbie George.

Valazquez’s 7-year-old son called police to let them know that his dog was missing.

Police came to the house and found that the child was home alone with 19 snakes, one of which was a 14-foot Python, two bearded dragons, and two pit bulls. There were also feeder mice found in the home.

Police asked where the mother was in all of this, and he said they were divorced. Police said it is legal for the homeowner to have these animals.

George said days before the incident, the 7-year-old’s younger brother, a 5-year-old, was found walking on Godwin Boulevard by a passerby.

Valazquez told police that the child had left the house while he was sleeping.

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