P R E S S R E L E A S E
July 13, 2016
State of Florida v. Christopher Richard Barsalou
2013-305849 CFDB – 1.) Second Degree Murder by Another 2.) Att. Home Invasion Robbery w/ Weapon
HHPD Case # 120004280
Date of Offense: 11/16/2012
Daytona Man Convicted of Second Degree Felony Murder in Death of Co-Defendant gets 30 Years
DAYTONA BEACH – A Daytona Beach man convicted on Second Degree Murder by Another and
Attempted Home Invasion Robbery with a Weapon charges back on May 5, 2016, was sentenced today, July
13, 2016. Christopher Richard Barsalou, 35, will spend the next 30 years in a state prison facility. Previously
on May 5, a Volusia County jury, comprised of three men and three women, convicted Barsalou on the felony
charges after deliberating only 30 minutes. Barsalou had faced a maximum possible penalty of life in prison.
On November 16, 2012, Christopher Barsalou and his accomplice, Sanlee Bennett, attempted to rob
Jerry Stremovihtg and Kenneth Conley at a Holly Hill home with a stun gun, brass knuckles, and a tire iron.
During the robbery, Stremovihtg fired several shots at the would-be robbers, striking Bennett several times.
Bennett bled to death at the scene while Barsalou fled with another co-defendant. Bennett’s blood was found
on Barsalou’s clothing and shoes, while fingerprints were pulled from the tire iron left near the scene. Due to
the fact that a co-defendant was killed in the commission of a felony, Barsalou was charged with Second
Degree Murder by Another, as well as the Attempted Home Invasion Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
Assistant State Attorney John Reid prosecuted the case with Assistant State Attorney Michael Willard,
both of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit. Circuit Judge Frank Marriott presided over the case and
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue