Man Charged with Attempted Murder Again, After Dodging 10/20/Life in Prior Conviction
BROOKSVILLE – A man convicted of attempted murder in 2010 is charged again with attempted murder, after spending just 5-years behind bars on the previous conviction.
According to Hernando County Jail records, 25-year-old Kenneth Dewayne Newsome was arrested this morning on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The details of that case are not being released by officials but the alleged incident occurred sometime in 2016 and it is domestic in nature.
Newsome was arrested in May of 2010 after shooting a victim in the leg during a robbery attempt.
Newsome pled guilty to charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, and burglary conveyance, and was sentenced to 6-years with the Florida Department of Corrections. Newsome was released in 2015 after spending just 5-years behind bars.
I spoke with Assistant State Attorney Conrad Jurgensmyer why Newsome’s case did not fall under Florida’s 10/20/Life mandatory sentencing guidelines but the specific details of the case were not readily available during our phone interview. Jurgensmyer did say that the court classified Newsome as a “youthful offender” which allows the mandatory guidelines to be set aside. Newsome was just 18-year-old at the time of his arrest.
Just one year after his release from prison, detectives began investigating a second attempted murder charge. Newsome is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm; however, it is not known if a firearm was used in the case currently pending against him.
Newsome remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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