A Presumptive Prison Release Date (PPRD) of Jan. 7, 2059 for a man convicted of murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1991 was set Wednesday, Aug. 24, by the Florida Commission on Offender Review State Attorney Bill Eddins announced.
Sean Patrick 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.
If released in 2059, he will have served just under 68 years.
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.
At the time of sentencing, the judge issued Etsy the death penalty, but that was later dropped to life in prison after appeal.
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.
Ramsey’s family attended the 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 the hearing the Commission on Offender Review established the 2059 date.
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 has indicated they will continue to oppose any parole of this defendant.