Friday, October 15, 2021

State seeks death penalty for ex-Marine in family death

LAKELAND, Fla.—Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 33-year-old former Marine accused of killing a Florida family under the illusion that they were child sex traffickers.

In a news release sent Friday, the state attorney’s office said the murders of a Lakeland man, his girlfriend, their child and the child’s grandmother were “cold, calculated and premeditated without any pretense of moral or legal justification.” way it was done.”

Brian Riley is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Justice Gleason; His girlfriend Theresa Lanham, 33; their child, Jodie, who was born in May; and Catherine Delgado, 62, who was Lanham’s mother, at their homes on Sept. Officials said Gleason’s 11-year-old daughter survived despite multiple gunshot wounds.

A grand jury’s 22-count indictment was filed against Riley Tuesday in Polk County Circuit Court. Other charges include kidnapping, arson, theft and attempted murder of an 11-year-old girl along with animal cruelty to kill the family dog.

Riley is being held without bail and has not yet filed a plea for charges.

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd previously said that Riley falsely believed the family was involved in child sex trafficking and was asked by God to rescue an alleged child victim named “Amber”. There was no child by that name in the house.

Judd said Riley saw a man on the family after mowing the lawn with a young girl he thought might be a victim of trafficking.

Authorities say Riley, wearing body armor, had three weapons and fired at least 100 shots into the main house and a small back, where 62-year-old Catherine Delgado was first killed.

Law enforcement officers fired about 60 shots in a gunfight, leaving Riley with a gunshot wound in the stomach. After this Riley surrendered.

Riley served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and was working as a security guard in the Lakeland area, including a church.



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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