A Sanford man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her son.
In 2017, Allen Cashe killed Latina Herring and her 8-year-old son, Branden. Prosecutors said Cashe also shot Herring's father, her other son and two innocent bystanders.
#Breaking: Judge sentences Allen Cashe to life in prison for murder of LaTina Herring and her 8 year old son Branden. 4 others shot as well. Cashe said nothing before sentencing.#WFTV pic.twitter.com/XJv9P6cQqa — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) January 16, 2019
“I just had a question about the plea; about the possibility of parole part?” Cashe asked the judge.
Channel 9 reporter Jeff Levkulich, who was inside the courtroom, said Cashe’s question prompted laughter from family members in the crowd as the judge told Cashe that parole was not a possibility.
Who is Allen Cashe? A look at his criminal past
Herring’s niece, Talhaah Hampton, was the first up to give her victim impact statement.
“I don't know what or why the defendant did what he did, but I do know he hurt a lot of people, and I sincerely hope he will never be able to hurt anyone again," Hampton said.
Other family members also made statments, such as, “I hope you die.”
After the hearing, Herring's surviving son and her grandmother spoke with Levkulich.
“I don't think justice was served,” Herring’s grandmother Franca McQueen said.
The shootings happened during an argument about keys. Herring told police Cashe had the keys to her home and refused to give them back. While talking to Herring, police received a 911 call from Cashe stating that Herring had the keys to his vehicle. The victim returned the keys to Cashe at a gas station in Sanford, and both parties left separately.
“When it was all said and done, did you get what you wanted? All of this over a set of keys," Hampton said.
Police said they later received a 911 call about the former couple getting into a second argument over property, this time at the home. The officer went to the home and was able to settle the argument once more, police said.
Read: Witnesses describe Sanford shooting in which 6 were shot
Officers arrived at the home, and found Herring and Cashe fighting in the front yard, arguing over Cashe returning the keys, which were later located inside the home.
According to police, Cashe then collected some of his clothing and was preparing to leave the home. The victim brought out a bag, saying it was filled with more of Cashe’s belongings. Cashe refused to take the bag and left.
Herring asked if officers would take the bag with Cashe’s belongings and hold it for safekeeping. Inside the bag, officers found a Glock .22-caliber handgun and ammunition.
Photos: 6 shot in Sanford neighborhood
Later, police said they received another 911 call from someone reporting that Herring, her father and her children had been shot.
Police said Cashe drove away and randomly shot two bystanders at West 24th Street and South Marshall Avenue. The bystanders survived.
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A Tennessee man was arrested Sunday after shooting an arrow at a Franklin County deputy, WTVF reported.
James Micheal Ferguson, 39, of Winchester, is charged with domestic assault, two counts of felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, failure to obey a police officer, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and on a warrant revoking his bond on previous charges, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. He is being held without bond in the Franklin County jail..
According to officials, Ferguson allegedly failed to obey traffic commands while traveling through the scene of an accident, WTVF reported, citing a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Ferguson approached the crash scene and told a deputy, “‘That's my car there in that wreck.' And the deputy said, 'Let me see your ID,' and then he put it in reverse and down the road they go," Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Chris Guess told the Times Free Press.
Deputies said they did not immediately pursue Ferguson because of road conditions but knew where he lived, the newspaper reported.
When Deputy Patrick Stefanski arrived at Ferguson’s home and exited his vehicle, he saw a man holding a compound bow, WTVF reported. Stefanski moved behind his patrol car, and Ferguson then allegedly shot an arrow that became embedded in the rear driver's side door of the patrol car, the television station reported.
"It would have gone all the way through a human being," Guess told the Times Free Press. No one was injured.
After a brief chase on foot, Stefanski and two other deputies were able to catch Ferguson and take him to the Franklin County Jail, the Times Free Press reported. No one was injured, authorities said.
Authorities later learned that earlier Sunday, Ferguson allegedly vandalized the house he shares with his mother, Guess said.
A Florida sheriff's deputy resigned after he was arrested on battery charges stemming from a confrontation with a couple at a strip club last year. An internal affairs report said Dwight Robinson, 33, quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the incident at Scores Palm Beach Gentlemen's club. The Palm Beach Post reports a woman was in the process of selecting a stripper to do a lap dance for her husband when she said Robinson and two other men began grabbing her.
Robinson wasn't on duty, the report said.
The report said the husband asked them to leave her alone, but the confrontation escalated. The police report said club video shows Robinson punching the couple.
Defense attorney Gregory Salnick said Robinson was a good officer who "got jammed up in a difficult situation."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The man who drove a luxury sports car into water in Palm Beach, Florida, was apparently told by a higher power to ditch the car into the inlet.
James Mucciaccio told police that Jesus told him to drive into the water according to a police report filed by Palm Beach police, WPTV reported.
Mucciaccio had parked the Ferrari on a public dock, when police found him taking items out of the car.
He told officers that a friend told him to park there and that he would be picking him up by boat. Police told Mucciaccio that he couldn’t park on the dock. He apologized and returned to the car to get his driver’s license, WPTV reported. That’s when he got behind the wheel and threw the car into reverse, backing off the dock then putting it in drive, speeding off into Palm Beach Inlet, the television station reported. Police dash cam showed the crash.
After he got out of the water, police asked him why he did it.
Mucciaccio said, according to the police report, “Jesus told me to drive through a small gate and into a 6-foot window. Jesus made me the smartest man on earth and it’s so hard to have this much responsibility. Money is going to be irrelevant in two days, remember to smile,” WPTV reported.
He also told police an officer on the dock was Egyptian and didn’t believe in Jesus and that’s why he drove into the water.
Police said the license plate on the Ferrari was not the car’s plate, but rather belonged to Mucciaccio’s Mustang, WPTV reported.
Police in California are hoping the public can help them identify a toddler found dead nearly 15 years ago.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's "Help ID Me" page, hikers discovered the remains of the boy, known as "Baby Doe," in May 2004 near the Rancho Bernardo Community Park in San Diego.
"The remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffel bag," read the Facebook post shared Tuesday. "When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones."
The 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-year-old boy likely died at least a year before he was discovered, authorities said. He had been "wearing red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts," the Facebook post said.
Investigators also released sketches of what the child may have looked like.
Forensic tests showed that the boy's mother "likely spent time in the Southeast while pregnant and may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born before ultimately moving to the southern California area," the post said.
If you have information about the case, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.
A woman said she was shocked to learn that a day care owner accused of hitting her 4-year-old son with a spatula will not face charges.
Brittany Henderson said she called police after her son had a bruise on his lip.
He told her he was hit in the face after getting into a fight with another boy at Titusville's J&A Joyful Hearts Academy.
"It was gut-wrenching. I mean, it was just. I was appalled," Henderson said. "That was supposed to be someone that was caring for him, and (the day care was) supposed to be his safe haven."
The Florida Department of Children and Families said it conducted two inspections at the facility.
Inspection records said that the agency learned of allegations that the owner "hit the children with a spatula, flip flop and a belt."
The owner told WFTV on Tuesday that she never used physical force on the children.
The state attorney's office said it did not have enough evidence to file criminal charges.
"It is not a crime for a parent (or someone acting as the child care provider) to impose reasonable physical discipline, even though physical injury resulted from the punishment," the office said.
Henderson described the decision as sickening.
"He was hurt -- not just physically, but emotionally," she said. "This is just something that's probably going to stick with him for the rest of his life."
Inspection records said the day care also allowed a 12-year-old to watch an infant, and the owner hired a convicted felon.
Henderson said she hopes the state takes permanent action against the day care.
Air traffic controllers at Orlando International Airport are doing their best to cope with the impacts of the government shutdown.
They’re feeling the effects on the clock and in their wallets.
On Wednesday morning, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will be at OIA to talk to passengers about the safety issues they're now facing.
They said air traffic controllers are already dealing with a staffing crisis.
According to the air traffic controller union, they've been dealing with a worker shortage since the last government shutdown in 2013.
And now, those who are working are doing so without pay thanks to the government shutdown.
Unlike most workers who can strike when they aren't happy with their employer, by law federal workers are not allowed to strike.
So they’re turning to different tactics to get their voices heard. On Wednesday they'll be handing out leaflets explaining how the shutdown results in air traffic controllers being compelled to work without a timely paycheck and causes staffing problems.
Unlike furloughed federal workers, air traffic controllers are considered essential workers, so they have to work whether they get paid or not.
Thousands of airport employees across the country are working without pay.
But others are stepping up to help lend a hand.
Some airlines are organizing food pantries. OIA’s airline management council is holding one Wednesday in terminal A by Frontier Airlines.
They’re accepting non-perishable food items, toiletries and baby supplies, all of which must be unopened. No other items – cash, gift cards, clothing, etc. – will be accepted.
The food pantry will be open Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Just a day after the Clemson Tigers dined on fast food at the White House, former NFL star and "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan offered to give the college football champs a "proper meal."
"I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal," Strahan said during Tuesday's broadcast. "Come out here, everybody. Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster. ... Whatever you want, we're gonna take care of you."
Co-host Sara Haines suggested they add caviar to the menu.
"Per egg is a lot of money," she said. "Are you paying? We don't have a lot of money."
"It's out of my pocket," Strahan replied. "I've got you guys."
Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he served the football team fast food "because of the shutdown" and personally paid for the spread.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said a dozen Amazon packages were found opened and discarded in a dumpster.
The packages were discovered at a construction site in South Ponte Vedra on Jan 12., nearly 30 miles away from where they were supposed to be delivered in Orange Park.
The victims told deputies their packages showed “out for delivery” with a delivery date of Jan. 13. Deputies believe the delivery driver was the one who opened and dumped the items.
The report said the packages included various items, like a soft knee brace, peanut butter, and hair dye, among other things. The packages were worth $415 combined, according to deputies.
The Sheriff’s Office said they contacted the local Amazon distribution center and were “repeatedly told they would never be able to determine who the delivery driver was.”
Action News Jax reached out to Amazon. The company said it’s investigating the matter and sent a statement that reads, “This does not reflect the standards we have for delivery service partners. We are working with law enforcement to investigate and will work with customers directly to make things right.”
Three people are dead in Washington state in what investigators are calling a possible murder-suicide.
According to Seattle's KIRO-TV, two men and a woman were found dead from gunshot wounds in a Sammamish home during a welfare check Tuesday. The King County Sheriff's Office described the woman and one of the men as "elderly," while the other man appeared to be in his 30s.
Authorities do not believe there are any suspects outstanding.
The house is located in the 23900 block of SE 42nd Place.
– Visit KIRO7.com for the latest on this developing story.
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