August 15, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51 years of age, pled guilty to Aggravated Assault by Threat with a Firearm, Burglary of a Dwelling with a Battery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Shooting within a Building, and Criminal Mischief.
On November 26, 2015, Carrasquillo, a convicted felon, kicked in the door of a neighbor’s home, struck the victim in the head with a firearm, and then fired it at the victim. The victim was able to get the firearm away from Carrasquillo and hold him until law enforcement arrived. Carrasquillo admitted to law enforcement that he entered the home uninvited and struck the victim in the head with the firearm prior to it being discharged.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2016 before the Honorable Ross Goodman. Carrasquillo faces a minimum sentence of 20 years state prison pursuant to Florida’s 10-20-Life law with a maximum of life in prison.
The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Amber Rowland prosecuted the case for the state.