August 24, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Florida Commission on Offender Review has set a Presumptive Prison Release Date (PPRD) of January 7, 2059 for Sean Patrick Esty. Esty is serving a life sentence for the murder of 15 year old Lauren Ramsey at Battery Langdon, a secluded area of Fort Pickens, on December 22, 1991. Esty brutally stabbed Ramsey with a butcher knife before retrieving a baseball bat with metal studs and beating her until she lost consciousness. He then took a machete and savagely sliced her head and face. Esty planned the murder after Ramsey had learned that she was pregnant with Esty’s child. He bought the butcher knife at Albertson’s on the night of the murder and changed into a trench coat and combat boots before killing Ramsey. Esty then drove to Seville Quarter and picked up his girlfriend. She noticed that Esty was bleeding from a cut on his hand and that he had changed from his tennis shoes to combat boots, which had blood on them.
Because the murder occurred prior to legislative changes that now require inmates to serve the entirety of a life sentence, Esty is eligible for parole after 25 years. Lauren Ramsey’s family attended today’s hearing and urged the commissioners to keep Esty in prison for the remainder of his life. Assistant State Attorney James Parker pointed out to the commissioners the aggravating factors that should be applied in the case which would preclude Esty from being released into society. A parole examiner had recommended to the Commission a PPRD of 2034; however, at the conclusion of today’s hearing the Commission on Offender Review established the presumptive date for his release as January 7, 2059. The Commission will not review Esty’s case again for the next 7 years. At that time, his PPRD may be adjusted upward or downward based upon a variety of factors, including whether he has participated in and completed various programs for inmates and whether he has committed any disciplinary violations.
The State Attorney’s Office for the First Circuit will continue to oppose any parole of this defendant.