Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

50 Years for Death of Fetus; Woman, 36, Shot Pregnant Friend over Comments Made on Facebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

50 Years for Death of Fetus; Woman, 36, Shot Pregnant Friend over Comments Made on Facebook

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A 36-year-old Jacksonville woman was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison after she shot a pregnant friend in the stomach and killed her unborn baby, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Virginia Denise Wyche shot Makeisha Nicole Brooks on April 23. A jury found her guilty of second-degree murder since the unborn baby died, as well as attempted second-degree murder for shooting Brooks, according to the State Attorney's Office.

During her July trial, prosecutors said Brooks came to Wyche's house on Castle Boulevard off Sibbald Road to confront her over nasty comments on the pregnant woman's Facebook page, and that is when she was shot.

The prosecutor told jurors that Wyche deliberately fired a shot into Brooks' uterus from only a foot or so away. But the assistant public defender countered that Wyche fired in self-defense because she had been verbally abused by Brooks and her sister for several minutes and had been slapped.

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SUNS' EX-EMPLOYEE GETS 3 YEARS FOR FRAUD

The Jacksonville Suns' 36-year-old former director of group sales was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday on fraud charges after thousands of dollars was stolen from team sponsors and deposited in her bank account, authorities said.

January Carol Putt of Jacksonville Beach was arrested in April at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on grand theft charges after a team check for $2,375 was found in her account, according to police. Putt was fired, then an investigation showed at least $61,000 had been taken.

Police said Putt began advising team sponsors and other customers to make out their checks to her attention.

Putt was fired from the Suns after her arrest and put on "inactive status" from a part-time job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, team officials said.

She also was sentenced to probation and has paid back about $18,000 in restitution as of this week, according to court documents.

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