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Parents Gone Wild! Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens charged with the malnutrition and starvation of their 22-day-old daughter, Betsey Kee Stephens

Say NO to Child Abuse

Betsey Stephens
Betsey Kee Stephens

Visiting infant’s death ruled a homicide
Parents charged with murder after baby girl starves to death
22-day-old baby dies from malnutrition, Lakeland Police arrest parents for murder
Medical Examiner: 22-day-old baby girl in Florida starved to death
Warrick Co. Couple Charged with Murder for Infant’s Death
Lakeland police charge parents in death of infant

Roy Allen Stephens and Ruby Angeline Stephens
Roy Allen Stephens
Ruby Angeline Stephens

Monsters Among Us: Alan Bryant, along with 3 others, killed Arthur Venecia and his elderly mother, Bessie Fischer

remembering the victims

Find-A-Grave: Authur H Venecia, Jr
Trio’s ‘Perfect Crime’ Is Foiled
Talkative accomplice foils a Miami ‘perfect crime’
Lawyers say confessions in 2 murders no good
Judge must decide on sending 4 to Death Row
Despite empathy from prosecutor, waitress gets death
Dade prosecutor shares the pain as waitress gets death

Books
Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence

Defendants
James Allen Bryant – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Dee Dyne Casteel – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison (died in prison)
Michael Irvine – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison
William Rhodes – convicted, sentenced to death, overturned and sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

DeeCasteel prison mug

DC Number: 161033
Name: CASTEEL, DEE D
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 98 lbs.
Birth Date: 06/05/1938
Custody: CLOSE
Release Date: DECEASED
Aliases:
DEE D CASTEEL DEE DYNE CASTEEL

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT,$300 LESS &20,000 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 09/16/1987 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
08/13/1992 10/07/2002

INMATE INFORMATION

JamesBryant prison mug

DC Number: 109244
Name: BRYANT, JAMES A
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/19/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 11/10/1993
Current Facility: FSP WEST UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
ALAN
JAMES A BRYANT
JAMES ALLEN BRYANT

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
08/20/1983 GRAND THEFT O/$100,000 1ST.DEG 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D
06/18/1983 GRAND THEFT O/20,000 L/$100,00 10/22/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 5Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/06/1990
11/10/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelIrvine prison mug

DC Number: 384893
Name: IRVINE, MICHAEL R
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/03/1944
Initial Receipt Date: 07/19/1993
Current Facility: MARTIN C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL IRVINE
MICHAEL R IRVINE
MICHAEL RHAE IRVINE
MIKE IRVINE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
06/19/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 07/01/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/31/1990
07/19/1993 Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamRhodes prison mug

DC Number: 109245
Name: RHODES, WILLIAM E
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 159 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/26/1949
Initial Receipt Date: 10/16/1987
Current Facility: DESOTO ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
WILLIAM E RHODES
WILLIAM E. RHODES

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK HARLEY DAVIDSON
TATTOO LEFT ARM MOTORCYCLE W/ INSIGNIA
TATTOO LEFT ARM PYRAMID W/ EYEBALL
TATTOO RIGHT ARM 2 DOVES – CATHY

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1983 BURG/N/ASSLT/OCC.STRUCT. 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 15Y 0M 0D
06/19/1983 1ST DEG MUR,COM.OF FELONY 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/20/1983 HOMICIDE,MANSL.CUL.NEGLI 06/25/1993 MIAMI-DADE 8409397 15Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
10/16/1987 12/08/1990
07/14/1993 Currently Incarcerated

Katrina Anne “Katie” Froeschle murder 11/13/2004 Tampa, FL *Jason Funk pled guilty to her murder, sentenced to LWOP

Katie Froeschle
Katie Froeschle

Katrina “Katie” Froeschle obituary
Find-A-Grave: Katrina Anne “Katie” Froeschle
The Katie Froeschle Foundation
Remembering Katie Froeschle
Killer of insurance adjuster admits guilt
Funk Pleads Guilty, Receives Life Sentence for Murdering Tampa Adjuster
ulphur Springs man gets life in prison for killing adjuster
Records give image of horrific violence
Tampa family still grieving insurance adjuster’s brutal murder 10 years ago
Tierra Verde father got help dealing with murder of daughter

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Muffled Cries (also listed as Cause of Death)

INMATE INFORMATION

JasonFunk prison mug

DC Number: 168693
Name: FUNK, JASON M
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’03”
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/13/1977
Initial Receipt Date: 03/30/2005
Current Facility: HARDEE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
JASON FUNK
JASON M FUNK
JASON MATTHEW FUNK

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO RIGHT ARM HONDA

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
11/12/2004 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 SENTENCED TO LIFE
11/12/2004 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE(ATTEMPTED) 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 15Y 0M 0D
11/12/2004 ROBB. WPN-NOT DEADLY 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 SENTENCED TO LIFE
11/12/2004 BURGUNOCCSTRUC/CV OR ATT. 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 5Y 0M 0D
11/12/2004 MARIJUANA-SALE/MANUF/DEL 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 5Y 0M 0D
11/12/2004 OBSTRUCT CRIME INVESTIGATION 03/23/2005 HILLSBOROUGH 0421948 5Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 03/30/2005
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Psycho For Love: Michel Escoto killed his wife, Wendy Trapaga, of just 4 days – Why? For the $1 million insurance; Sentenced to LWOP

dvawareness3

Wendy Trapaga
Wendy Trapaga

Find-A-Grave: Wendy Marie Trapaga
Husband On Trial For Alleged Murder Of Wife For $1 Million Insurance Policy
Escoto Held In Contempt Of Court In Newlywed Murder Trial
State Rests Case In Escoto Newlywed Murder Trial
New Video Shows Relationship of Newlywed Murder Couple
Michel Escoto’s ex-girlfriend says she helped him practice killing wife
Escoto Calls “The Other Woman” As First Witness In Newlywed Murder Trial
Witness: Possibly Two Assailants In Newlywed Murder Case
Suspected Killer Cross-Examines Ex-Girlfriend in Own Wife’s Murder Trial
DNA Expert Takes Stand In “Newlywed Murder Trial”
Closing Arguments Underway In “Newlywed Murder Trial”
Guilty Verdict In Newlywed Murder Trial
Life sentence for Miami-Dade man convicted of 2002 murder of new wife
Newlywed Bride Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison
Miami man who killed bride for insurance money gets life

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: Mystery in South Beach

INMATE INFORMATION

MichelEscoto prison mug

DC Number: M00510
Name: ESCOTO, MICHEL
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 6’02”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/29/1971
Initial Receipt Date: 05/21/2014
Current Facility: FRANKLIN C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
MICHAEL ESCOTO
MICHEL ESCOTO

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM HEART WINGS
TATTOO RIGHT ARM SCORPION

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
10/14/2002 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 05/07/2014 MIAMI-DADE 0525794 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 05/21/2014
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: Franklin Lee Reed raped and killed 13-year-old Mollie Pittman; Sentenced to life in prison

Mollie Pittman
Mollie Pittman

Mollie Pittman (about 1/3 way down)
Police have no suspects in stabbing of teen girl
Arrest Is Made In 1986 Slaying
A `Surreal’ Murder Scene
17-year-old Dna May Be Enough To Convict Murder Suspect
2 Men Who Knew Slain Girl Take Stand
Convicted Killer Insists He Is Innocent, Gets Life Term
Trial Dispute Leads Defender To Resign
Man Sentenced in Murder of Girl,13
New Trial Sought In Girl’s Rape, Death
Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Sexual Offender / Predator Flyer

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Left Alone

INMATE INFORMATION

Franklin Reed prison mug

DC Number: 908407
Name: REED, FRANKLIN L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 6’05”
Weight: 266 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/31/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 12/18/2003
Current Facility: BLACKWATER C.F.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
FRANKLIN L REED
FRANKLIN LEE REED

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
05/11/1986 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 12/12/2003 ORANGE 0103695 SENTENCED TO LIFE
05/11/1986 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 12/12/2003 ORANGE 0103695 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
11/17/1987 05/03/1988
12/18/2003 Currently Incarcerated

Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983)
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
01/08/1982 SHOOT/THROW MISSILE-BLDG/VEH. 11/06/1987 ORANGE 8200148 2Y 6M 0D

Monsters Among Us: William Joseph Cormier III killed Sean Dugas for his role playing cars – Magic: The Gathering; Sentenced to LWOP

Sean Dugas
Sean Dugas

Concrete-encased body identified as former Florida reporter
Florida man accused of killing ex-reporter, stealing $100K in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards
Twin brother denied bond in Winder murder case
Father of twin murder suspects issues statement, blasts local gawkers
Second day of testimony set for Wednesday in trial of man charged with killing former reporter
William Cormier III implies his twin brother killed Sean Dugas
William Cormier III found guilty, sentenced to life in prison for killing Sean Dugas for his ‘Magic: The Gathering’ playing cards
Twin Cormier Brothers Sentenced in 2012 FL Murder of Sean Dugas; William Gets Life, Christopher Gets 15 Years (several articles)
Sentence upheld in PNJ reporter’s murder
Remembering Sean Dugas

Movies/Documentaries
See No Evil: Neighborhood Watch

Defendants
William Cormier III – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Christopher Lynn Cormier – convicted of helping cover it up, sentenced to 15 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamCormier prison mug

DC Number: A51306
Name: CORMIER, WILLIAM J III
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birth Date: 04/24/1981
Initial Receipt Date: 02/20/2014
Current Facility: SANTA ROSA ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
WILLIAM J CORMIER III
WILLIAM JAMES CORMIER III
WILLIAM JOSEPH CORMIER
WILLIAM JOSEPH CORMIER III

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/27/2012 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 02/13/2014 ESCAMBIA 1205793 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 02/20/2014
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: D12465
Name: CORMIER, CHRISTOPHER L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 164 lbs.
Birth Date: 04/24/1981
Initial Receipt Date: 02/27/2014
Current Facility: GRACEVILLE C.F.
Current Custody: MEDIUM
Current Release Date: 07/21/2027

Aliases:
CHRISTOPHER L CORMIER
CHRISTOPHER LYNN CORMIER
CHRIS LYNN CROMIER
CHRISTOPHER L CROMIER
CHRISTOPHER LYNN CROMIER

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/27/2012 ACCESSORY AFT.FACT-OTHER 02/13/2014 ESCAMBIA 1205793 15Y 0M 0D
08/27/2012 ACCESSORY AFT.FACT-OTHER 02/13/2014 ESCAMBIA 1205793 15Y 0M 0D
09/03/2012 BURG/DWELL/OCCUP.CONVEY 02/13/2014 ESCAMBIA 1205793 15Y 0M 0D

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 02/27/2014
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: Gerard Lopes Belmonte beat & killed his adoptive mother, Natalie Belmonte; Sentenced to life in prison

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Natalie Belmonte
Natalie Belmonte

Pembroke Pines Police Need Help To Find Missing Woman
Police: Broward Woman’s Disappearance A Possible Homicide
Dead Woman’s Son Arrested, Facing 1st Degree Murder
Pembroke Pines woman’s adopted son arrested in her slaying
Adopted Son Indicted In Pembroke Pines Woman’s Murder
Surveillance Video Released In Natalie Belmonte Murder Case
Natalie Belmonte Murder: Fla. man raped adoptive mother before killing her in 2011, prosecutors say
Fla. Alleges Sexual Assault in Murder of Adoptive Mother Natalie Belmonte
Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Killing Adoptive Mother
Murdered Woman’s Sex Life Focus Of Lopes Murder Trial
Lopes found guilty of second-degree murder of adoptive mother
Jury Convicts Gerard Lopes Of Killing Adoptive Murder
Pembroke Pines man gets life sentence in murder of adoptive mother
Man Given Life Sentence For Killing Adoptive Mother
Pembroke Pines man gets life sentence in murder of adoptive mother

Movies/Documentaries
See No Evil: Neighborhood Watch

INMATE INFORMATION

GerardLopes prison mug

DC Number: M67913
Name: LOPES, GERARD
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/16/1990
Initial Receipt Date: 10/17/2013
Current Facility: HAMILTON ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
GERARD BELMONTE
GERARD A BELMONTE
GERARD ANTHONY BELMONTE
GERARD BELMONTE-LOPES
GERARD A BELMONTE-LOPES
GERARD LOPES
GERARD A LOPES
GERARD NELMONTE-LOPES

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM TRUST
TATTOO RIGHT ARM NO 1

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/17/2011 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 10/16/2013 BROWARD 1112276 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
10/29/2013 ICE BRADENTON DETAIN

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 10/17/2013
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

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