Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Plead Guilty in Robbery Death; Police Killed Their Partner, but the Law Holds Them Responsible

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Plead Guilty in Robbery Death; Police Killed Their Partner, but the Law Holds Them Responsible

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Two robbers charged with felony murder after Jacksonville police shot their partner pleaded guilty Monday just as jurors were to be selected for their trial.

Amos Rains, 25, and Clarence Anthony Whitfield, 57, both face up to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said. Circuit Judge John Merrett scheduled sentencing the week of June 11.

Police were on stakeout at the Cassat Avenue AutoZone in 2005 after a series of apparently related robberies across Jacksonville. Officers said they opened fire after the three robbers turned toward them with their guns. Ronald Jerome Thompson, 19, was killed.

Rains and Whitfield were charged under a Florida law that holds participants in a felony responsible if someone dies during the crime.

Paul Pinkham

MAN GETS PROBATION ON ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE

A Jacksonville man charged with animal cruelty after his girlfriend's teenage son saw him behead a dog has been placed on probation after pleading guilty.

Jason Kyan Knox, 29, was placed on three years' probation May 1 after admitting the animal cruelty and an aggravated assault against his girlfriend. She told police in March he held a box cutter to her neck and threatened to "cut your head off like I did that dog's."

Under Knox's plea agreement with prosecutors, Circuit Judge Charles Arnold ordered him to pay $250 to the Jacksonville Humane Society and receive an anger evaluation with follow-up treatment if recommended. He also was ordered to pay $390 court costs and have no violent contact with the female victim.

The woman's son led police to the dog's remains in nearby woods.

Paul Pinkham

WOMAN, 81, FOUND DEAD IN SWIMMING POOL

An elderly woman was found dead early Monday in a swimming pool at a Southside Jacksonville home.

Paramedics and firefighters were called to the house in the 3700 block of Coronado Road just after 5 a. …

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