MARIANNA — A Marianna man who was convicted of killing Blake Allen Cain and taking pictures at a dozen others in 2020 obtained his destiny in a Jackson County courtroom on Tuesday.
Steven Mantecon, 23, was handed a life in jail sentence, plus a further 80 years.
Based on State Legal professional Larry Basford, Circuit Courtroom Choose Ana Maria Garcia granted prosecutor Shalla Jefcoat’s request to sentence Mantecon to life in jail with a minimum-mandatory 25 years beneath Florida’s 10-20-Life regulation.
Garcia then sentenced the defendant to fifteen years every on two counts of taking pictures into an occupied car, and ordered each of these to be served consecutive to one another and the primary sentence.
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Garcia adopted by including 5 years in jail for every of the ten aggravated assault with a firearm fees, and ordered that every one among them be served consecutive to the others. Meaning every sentence can be served individually, one after the opposite.
In a February trial, Jefcoat and co-prosecutor Lawrence Gill proved that the defendant and Cain had agreed to a battle the evening of the taking pictures to settle a dispute over a hoop Cain had given his former girlfriend — the defendant’s sister.
Based on prosecutors, Mantecon drove to a park the place Cain and others had been gathered, argued with the sufferer, and with out getting out of his truck opened hearth from about 10 yards away with a semi-automatic AK47-style rifle.
Three of these pictures hit Cain, killing him virtually immediately. Each bullet fired both hit the sufferer or autos pushed by Cain’s buddies.
On the sentencing on Tuesday, Cain’s grandfather advised Choose Garcia that the household’s loss is unimaginable.
“He took a lot away from me, but he took a lot away from a lot of other people too,” he stated. “It was a $40 ring I gave to him. … This was all over a stupid ring. But you have no regard for life if you do what (the defendant) did.
“I just thank God Blake was the only one killed, even though I lost my grandson. And you don’t have any idea how bad that feels. They say it gets easier over time, but that’s a lie. It doesn’t get easier, it gets worse.”
Jefcoat requested for the utmost sentence, telling Choose Garcia that many lives had been modified without end that day and that was evident in the surviving victims’ testimony throughout trial.
“Mistakes were made that day,” Jefcoat stated. “But Mr. Mantecon made choices that ended in his taking a life.”
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