Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Gets 20 Years in Throat Slashing Case

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Gets 20 Years in Throat Slashing Case

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A Jacksonville man who pleaded guilty to a gory throat slashing death caught on security video at a Jacksonville restaurant will get out of prison in 20 years.

Marlon Dwayne Williams, 40, was sentenced Friday by Circuit Judge Marianne Aho after pleading guilty to a lesser manslaughter charge July 7, according to the State Attorney's Office.

During a heated March 2015 card game on the patio of the Ever Ready Restaurant & Lounge on Lem Turner Road, Williams stabbed 50-year-old Patrick Pitter in the throat and neck, police previously said.

The stabbing and the events surrounding it were captured on surveillance cameras, but the investigation took about two months because most of the witnesses fled the scene and were hard to track down, police said. Several of the patrons were from Jamaica.

Scott Butler


A man in his 20s was found dead early Friday following a parking lot shooting at a Jacksonville apartment complex near Eighth Street and Interstate 95, police said.

Multiple shots were fired after the victim arrived at the Roosevelt Gardens apartment complex about 2:45 a.m. and got into an altercation, Sgt. Chuck Ford said.

Ford said it is believed the man was alone when he arrived at the complex on Lincoln Court. He said police do not have any suspect information and the victim's identity has not been released.

Investigators were canvassing neighbors Friday morning and will check phone records and work to determine where the victim was earlier in the day.

A security company that works at the complex will be assisting police, Ford said.

It's the 16th homicide of July, according to the Times-Union's database.

Dana Treen


A 22-year-old Jacksonville man was convicted of murder Thursday for shooting into a car as the victim drove by.

Daren Androplis Riley could be sentenced to life as a re-offender following the second-degree murder conviction in the death of Anthony Bencivenga, 30, who was found dead in his car in September 2014.

Prosecutors said Riley was standing on the side of the road and fired two shots at Bencivenga, hitting him once. …

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