September 16, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51 years of age, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman on September 15, 2016 to a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in State Prison without the possibility of early release. He must serve the entire 20 years in prison. Carrasquillo pled guilty on August 15, 2016 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.
The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Amber Rowland prosecuted the case for the State.