prison

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Four inmates were found guilty Oct. 11 of attacking three Santa Rosa Correctional Institute officer on New Year’s Day, meaning potential prison sentences exceeding 100 years for two of the perpetrators. A Santa Rosa County Jury found Dukene Myrtil, Andre Williams, Markus Vincent and Johnslow Sauveur guilty of charges stemming from an attack on correctional […]

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Santa Rosa Correctional Institution inmate Craig T. Pope, 29, faces life in prison after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county courthouse. Pope pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to mailing threatening communications and threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. […]

Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

Christopher Jason Traffanstead, age 41 of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced to the maximum sentence possible Tuesday by Circuit Judge John Simon for sexual acts performed on a child. Traffanstead was convicted by a Santa Rosa Jury Jan. 22, 2018, to two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon or with a […]

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Santa Rosa County Jail is crowded. Among the hundreds of inmates either awaiting court dates or serving sentences of less than 365 days is a population in need: those with mental illnesses. Jail Administrator Maj. Randy Tifft said this poses a significant problem. “This is an issue that is facing jails and prisons across the […]

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Thomas E. Matassa, 24, of Gulf Breeze was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography, the maximum sentence allowable under federal law. The charges were filed after a forensic examination of his laptop revealed hundreds of child porn images as well as online conversations of a sexual nature with children, […]

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Monica Nicole-Gonzalez Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a total of 33 years in state prison.  Twenty-eight years of that sentence must be served as a minimum mandatory sentence.  Jones will be required to serve 28 years day for day with no gain time. Judge Goodman also ordered Jones to pay a […]

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

A Michigan man was sentenced in Santa Rosa County court Tuesday, Nov. 8 for escaping from police custody using a handcuff key according to the State Attorney’s office. John Saatio, 36, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to 15 years in state prison after Saatio had entered a plea straight to the court Nov. […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 10

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 10

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. State’s congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s congressional maps don’t meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or […]

Unusual partnership between prison and schools

Unusual partnership between prison and schools

Schools seem like the last place prisoners might be welcomed, but an innovative local community program is an exception. Inmates from Santa Rosa Correctional Institute (SRCI) in Milton are painting murals and completing work in Santa Rosa County District Schools strictly during non-school hours. Read more  in the Dec. 4 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online […]

Prison program helps veterans re-enter community

Prison program helps veterans re-enter community

Photo by Romi White Dave Murzin, left, legislative assistant for Florida Senator Greg Evers, discusses courses offered for veterans with inmate Robert Dawson, who teaches a business class for fellow inmates.   By Romi White romiwhite@navarrepress.com Santa Rosa Correctional Institute in East Milton functions as its own community. Behind the prison’s electrified fences, one dormitory […]