Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High Court: Sentence in Carjacking Excessive

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

High Court: Sentence in Carjacking Excessive

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TALLAHASSEE -- The 25-year prison sentence for armed robbery

given to a Jacksonville carjacker was excessive despite his

leading police on a wild chase, the Florida Supreme Court ruled

yesterday.

In a 4-3 decision, the court ordered Charles Frederick Barr

resentenced in accordance with sentencing guidelines, which

permit a maximum of 12 years for the offense.

Barr stole a car at gunpoint in 1993 and nearly caused several

accidents in the chase.

Justice Major Harding said in the majority opinion that the

trial court should not have exceeded the guidelines based on the

fact that Barr endangered the lives of others in the chase.

Barr could have been charged with reckless driving or

attempting to elude police rather than having his sentence

increased, Harding wrote.

The court noted that the sentence given Barr far exceeded the

penalty for either of those charges.

CRIME NEWS

BOY ARRESTED: A 13-yearold Satsuma boy was arrested

Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual battery, the

Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was

turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, the sheriff's

office said. The Putnam County jail typically does not house

juveniles.

The suspect is accused of assaulting a boy and a girl, both

younger than 12, between August and May, in the Satsuma area.

FATAL WRECK: A St. Johns County woman has been charged with DUI

manslaughter in an accident that caused the death of another

woman and severely injured two children Wednesday.

Kimberli Anne Jordan, 42, of St. Augustine had two small

children in her car when she failed to stop at a stop sign at

Mizell Road and Florida 312 about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.

A report from the Florida Highway Patrol in East Palatka said

Jordan's northbound car was speeding when it went through the

stop sign and rammed a car traveling east.

Jennifer Allison Sadow, 21, of St. Augustine was killed when

the car she was in was struck by Jordan's vehicle. She died at

Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. The driver of the car, Robert

J. …

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