Gelles Sentenced to Life in Prison for Road Rage Shooting

Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 3:19PM


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December 20, 2016

State of Florida v. Robert Mark Gelles      

DOB: 08/08/1952                                                                  

2015-304712 CFDB – 2nd Degree Murder

POPD Case # 150007859

Date of Offense: 09/13/2015


Gelles Sentenced to Life in Prison for Road Rage Shooting


DAYTONA BEACH – On October 20, 2016, a Volusia County Jury deliberated just over 3 hours before convicting Robert Mark Gelles, 64, of Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of Joseph Edgar Bailey, 44, of New Smyrna Beach following a 4-day trial. Gelles was sentenced today, December 20, 2016 to life in prison.


            On September 13, 2015, Robert Gelles and Joseph Bailey were involved in a road-rage altercation that culminated in Gelles shooting Bailey in the chest with a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun. Gelles had claimed he fired the shot in self-defense. The shooting took place in Port Orange near the intersection of US1 and Dunlawton Avenue.  


            Assistant State Attorney Heatha Trigones, of the State Attorney’s Homicide Unit, prosecuted the case. Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins presided over the case and pronounced sentence.


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


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