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Aaron J. Slavin

Aaron Slavin’s Legal Cases

14 total


  • State of Florida v. Wayne A. Greene

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Feb 23, 2006
    Outcome:
    GUILTY as charged, sentenced to LIFE in prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with Second Degree Murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend, then removing her body and dumping it behind a church. He was sentenced to LIFE in prison.
  • State of Florida v. William J. Truesdale

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Outcome:
    GUILTY as charged, Sentenced to LIFE in prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was convicted of Second Degree Murder for blasting a shotgun into his ex-girlfriend's home, killing her daughter.
  • State of Florida v. John Kelsey, Jr.

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Feb 08, 2006
    Outcome:
    GUILTY as charged, sentenced to 40 years in prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with an Armed Sexual Battery that occured back in 1993. Initially, there was no suspect. In 2004, after pleading guilty to a charge of Aggravated Assault, John Kelsey, Jr. was required to provide a DNA sample to the State of Florida. Two years later, when the St. Petersburg Police Department started running their "cold cases," they got a "DNA hit" identifying John Kelsey, Jr. as the alleged attacker. This case was the first "cold case, DNA hit" to go to trial for the St. Petersburg Police Department. The Defendant was found GUILTY, as charged. After the State of Florida filed a Motion for an Upward Departure (because the Defendant was required to be sentenced under the 1993 sentencing guidelines), the Defendant was sentenced to the maximum punishment allowed by law, which was 40 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.
  • State of Florida v. Men Sorn

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Outcome:
    Adj. Guilty, Sentenced to 35 years in prison
    Description:
    This was a case that I handled when I was the Gang Unit prosecutor at the State Attorney's Office. The Defendant, Men Sorn, along with a co-Defendant, Seth Walker, were both charged with Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Shooting at, within or into a Vehicle after a several mile car chase through the streets of St. Petersburg, Ultimately, Men Sorn shot and killed Xaisomdeth Sayavongkeo (aka: Lun). Both individuals were members of the Asian Pride Gang in St. Petersburg. This incident was the result of an apparent split within the gang's structure. After the Defendant pled to all three charges on the morning of trial, a lengthy sentencing hearing was conducted where the State of Florida put on several hours worth of testimony from their gang expert, Detective Bryan Sims of the St. Petersburg Police Department Gang Intelligence Unit. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, the Defendant was sentenced to 35 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.
  • State of Florida v. Jerry Roberson

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    May 17, 2005
    Outcome:
    GUILTY as charged, sentenced to 20 years in prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana. Following a traffic stop and a subsequent K9 search by law enforcement, deputies found a black leather pouch with 289 grams of cocaine and over $5,000 in cash. The Defendant was arrested and search incident to arrest another $900.00 + was found in his pocket. A misdemeanor amount of marijuana was also found in the ashtray of the vehicle in which the Defendant was driving. Because there was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, the State had to call several witnesses to circumstantially prove constructive possession. The State called a FHP Trooper that gave the Defendant a ticket 3 weeks prior to this traffic stop, in which the Defendant was driving the same vehicle. The State also offered into evidence all of the Defendant's personal mail, which was located in the vehicle's glove box. Lastly, the State called a PCSO jail deputy to testify that the passenger in the vehicle had just been released from the Pinellas County Jail within the last hour (leaving the inference that he would not be able to obtain 289 grams of cocaine that quickly). The Jury was out about an hour and one half and returned a Guilty verdict. The Defendant was sentenced immediately after the Trial and was given a 20 year DOC prison sentence (with a 7 year minimum/mandatory sentence) as well as a $100,000 statutory fine.
  • State of Florida v. Joseph E. Eagen

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Outcome:
    GUILTY plea, SENTENCED to 124.65 months DOC prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with DUI Manslaughter after crashing the vehicle in which he was driving and causing the death of his friend Andrew Garcia. After being taken to the hospital, the Defendant submitted a blood sample, for the presence of alcohol, which was 0.14, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08. After conducting lengthy discovery, the Defendant pled Guilty to the charge of DUI Manslaughter and asked that the Court "depart" from the sentencing guidelines based on his remorse and the fact that this was an isolated incident that was committed in an unsophisticated manner. A seven hour departure/sentencing hearing was held where the Defendant put on several witness including a psychologist and several family members. The State of Florida also called several witnesses including members of the victim's family. The State was also able to introduce into evidence various photographs from the Defendant's MySpace.com page in which he was drinking and partying (and not showing the remorse that he was asking the Court to find). Ultimately, Judge Ley rejected the Defendant's attempt for a "departure sentence" and sentenced the Defendant to 124.65 months in the Florida Department of Corrections. Please see the attached St. Petersburg Times article for further information: http://www.sptimes.com/2008/01/26/Northpinellas/Emotions_flow_at_DUI_.shtml
  • State of Florida v. Kenneth R. Tillery

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Outcome:
    GUILTY on 4 Counts, Sentenced to 7 years in prison
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with three counts of Sale of Cocaine and 3 counts of Possession of Cocaine for three hand-to-hand transactions with law enforcement. The Defendant was charged as a principal in one of the drug sales in which he gave the cocaine to another co-Defendant, who then gave it to the undercover detective. The defense was mistaken identity. This case was interesting because the testimony revealed that the Defendant and his co-Defendants had every person that entered their home swept for bugs with a bugging device prior to being allowed into the home. The undercover detective did an excellent job getting around this situation as he/she was wearing a recording device at the time of the drug transactions. The Defendant was found Guilty, as charged, on four of the six counts. The jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on two of the six counts (in which the testimony revealed that the Clearwater Police Department had given a "bump" of cocaine to a citizen in return for information. The Defendant was immediately sentenced to 7 years in the Department of Corrections.
  • State of Florida v. Lenson R. Williams

    Practice Area:
    State, Local And Municipal Law
    Date:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Outcome:
    GUILTY of Felony Battery & VOP = 46.25 yrs DOC
    Description:
    The Defendant was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery for severely injuring his brother. The Defendant broke the victim's orbital bone and knocked him unconscious. The victim had a swollen eye and bruised ribs as a result of the beating. The Defendant was on probation, at the time of this offense, for 3 counts of Sexual Battery and 1 count of Burglary (which this case caused a VOP on). The jury returned a GUILTy verdict on Felony Battery, as included. This was a major win for the State because it then violated the Defendant's probation during a VOP Evidentiary Hearing that took place at the same time. The Defendant was sentenced to 40 years DOC on the VOP charges and a consecutive 6.25 years on the Felony Battery charge.
  • State of Florida v. Milton S. Harris

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Outcome:
    MISTRIAL on 3rd day of JURY TRIAL
    Description:
    The Defendant, Milton S. Harris, was charged by the State of Florida with 1 count of Second Degree Murder, 3 counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Felonious Possession of a Firearm. It was alleged that the Defendant was a principal and get-away driver in a nightclub shooting in Port Charlotte, Florida. Two other co-Defendants were also charged. From the outset, the State was seeking a 30-35 year prison sentence for my client. Facing the maximum penalty of LIFE in prison, my client exercised his constitutonal right to a speedy trial. The trial began on December 9, 2008 when a jury was selected and sworn in. Over the next several days, the State of Florida called numerous witness and entered tons of evidence including firearms, spent casings, bloody photographs, etc. On the third day of trial, the State had its Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) firearms analyst on the witness stand when a discovery violation was committed. On behalf of my client, I objected to the State's failure to disclose two crucial firearms reports. During a Richardson hearing, I was able to establish that my client was, in fact, prejudiced by the State's discovery violation. Court adjourned for the day while Judge Porter considered the Defendant's Motion for a Mistrial. In light of the above discovery violation, the State of Florida made a generous offer of 10 years in DOC prison followed by 5 years of DOC probation. The State also nolle prossed the Felon in Possession of a Firearm charge which had been bifurcated from the trial. On December 11, 2008 my client pled no contest to the above sentence which was greatly reduced from the sentence that the State of Florida was previously seeking.
  • State of Florida v. Randall Burton Keith

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY on all 3 Counts
    Description:
    My client was charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and 1 count of Felony Criminal Mischief. The State of Florida alleged that my client pointed a firearm and threatened two victims in the parking lot of the Undertow Bar on St. Pete Beach. One victim claimed that he had a gun pressed against the back of his head (more than once). He also stated that my client put the firearm inside his mouth. My client was also charged with felony criminal mischief for using his firearm to smash/break the victim's sunroof. Because my client was looking at a three (3) year mandatory/minimum prison sentence, up to a maximum of 35 years in prison, he was forced to take his case to trial. After a three (3) day trial and about 2.5 hours of jury deliberation, my client was found NOT GUILTY on all three (3) felony charges.