Judge Accepts 5-Year Plea Deal in Death of Toddler
BROOKSVILLE – There will be no trial in the case of Florida vs William C. Perkins, after a Judge accepted a plea of 5-years behind bars for the killing of a 3-year-old girl.
On April 1st, 2016, Perkins struck three members of the Thomas family, while illegally driving a vehicle on Neff lake Road. 3-year-old Ava Thomas died from her injuries, her 1-year-old brother, Spencer, was critically injured, and their mother, Lacey Thomas was also injured.
The year-long wait leading up to last week’s decision did not go without caveat, as Perkins was arrested in late August for stealing lawn equipment from a local church. That charge resulted in Perkins’ bond being revoked.
In September Perkins’ lawyer, Eric Tippin, attempted to have the case dismissed, based on a technicality that the courts did not have jurisdiction over perkins’ charge of driving on a suspended license. Those attempts failed and Perkins remained behind bars.
On April 26th, Judge Stephen Toner accepted a plea deal of 5-years in Florida State Prison, just 30-days before trial was to begin.
We have been unable to reach the Thomas family for comment.
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