August 24, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Tracy Deshawn Lett, Jr., and Mariachi Jerrell Chambers, both 17 years of age, were sentenced as youthful offenders by Circuit Judge Scott Duncan to 42 months in state prison to be followed by 18 months of probation. Lett and Chambers previously entered a plea in July 2016 to three counts of Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief.
On November 28, 2015, in the early morning hours, Chambers and Lett were with co-defendant Vashawn Brown in the Molino area. The defendants went to multiple homes and would burglarize any cars that were unlocked. One homeowner discovered the defendants while they were breaking into his car, prompting them to flee the area in a stolen car. The victim and the victim’s brother then pursued the defendants as they drove down Highway 29. While in pursuit, shots were fired at the victim’s truck. The pursuit ended when the defendants turned into oncoming traffic and caused a crash. Lett and Chambers were then pinned into the car and suffered severe injuries. Vashawn Brown was arrested at the scene.
Vashawn Brown has been charged with Attempted Third Degree Felony Murder, three counts of Armed Burglary of a Conveyance, Criminal Mischief, Grand Theft Auto, and Petit Theft. Brown is scheduled for docket day on August 30, 2016.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Stephen Luongo.
A court may sentence a defendant as a youthful offender if the defendant:
- Is at least 18 but less than 21 years of age at the time of sentencing, or is under 18 years of age but was prosecuted as an adult pursuant to chapter 985, F.S.;
- Has been found guilty of or has pled nolo contendere or guilty to a felony, unless he or she was found guilty of a capital or life felony; and
- Has not previously been classified as a youthful offender.1
The court has four sentencing options for a youthful offender: incarceration for no more than 364 days in a county facility, department probation and restitution center, or community residential center as a condition of community supervision; community supervision; incarceration; or a split sentence of incarceration and community supervision. The total period of incarceration, community supervision, or a split sentence cannot be longer than six years or the maximum sentence for the offense if the maximum sentence is less than six years