19 Year Old Daytona Man Convicted of Sexual Battery on Child

Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 4:16PM

State of Florida v. TOMMY MARKEESE FRANCIS                            

                                                                                                           

DOB: 02/22/1995      

2014-306555 CFDB - 1.) Sexual Battery by Person 18 Years or Older on Person Over 12 and Under 16

Daytona Beach Police Case # 140023475

Date of Offense: 12/25/2014

 

19 Year Old Daytona Man Convicted of Sexual Battery on Child

DAYTONA BEACH – A Daytona Man was convicted of sexually battering a child following a two-day trial that concluded today, August 19, 2015. Tommy Markeese Francis, 19, was convicted by a Volusia County Jury following 2 hours of deliberations. Sentencing is set for September 18, 2015 in front of the Honorable Leah R. Case. Prosecutors intend to seek sentencing enhancements under the Prison Release Reoffender and the Habitual Felony Offender Statutes. If all enhancements are proven, the defendant faces a maximum possible penalty of 60 years in prison.

 

            Evidence at trial showed that the defendant vaginally penetrated the child-Victim and admitted to the crime on a controlled phone call with the Victim’s mother. The defendant also admitted to giving alcohol to the child.  

 

            Assistant State Attorney Michael Willard, of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit, prosecuted the case with Assistant State Attorney Nathaniel Sebastian. Seventh Circuit Judge Leah Case presided over the case and will pronounce sentence at a September 18, 2015 hearing date.

 

Please find attached a redacted 707 and Information.

 

For more information contact:

 

Spencer S. Hathaway

Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney

Office of R.J. Larizza

State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit

SAOPIO@SAO7.org

(386)239-7710 x 17840

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