August 22, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Tobias Jerel Whiting entered a plea to 20 years in State Prison for three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Shooting into or within an Occupied Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana (less than 20 grams), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The 20 year sentence must be served day for day under Florida’s 10-20-Life law.
On September 19, 2015, Tobias Whiting and the victim, Deonte Posey, were engaged in a physical altercation. After the altercation ended, Victim Posey and two other individuals drove away in their vehicle. Whiting then went back inside the residence to retrieve his firearm, exited the house, and fired five shots at the vehicle as it drove away. The vehicle was struck several times but no one sustained any injuries. During the subsequent investigation, the firearm was recovered in the backyard of the defendant’s residence. The search of the residence also revealed a quantity of cocaine and marijuana.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Mark Alderman prosecuted the case.