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Law & Order: Misdemeanor cases of note

Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 4:10PM

Law & Order: Misdemeanor cases of note

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

February 3, 2020

 

State of Florida v. Todd Nordman

State of Florida v. Guy Failla

State of Florida v. Jeremy Volkmann

State of Florida v. Andrew Volkmann

State of Florida v. Joseph Nolin

                                                           

DOB: 09/14/1964; 05/16/1978; 03/26/1974; 08/28/1970; 10/17/1990

Case Number: 2019 306225 MMDB; 2019 311076 MMDB; 2019 304867 MMDB; 2019 304868 MMDB; 2019 310979 MMDB

 

Law & Order: Misdemeanor cases of note

 

DAYTONA – Last week, several defendants were sentenced for misdemeanor crimes.

In a case involving one count of animal cruelty and one count of unlawful confinement, both first-degree misdemeanors, Todd Nordman pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 90 days in Volusia County Jail. He is also banned for five years from owning dogs. Assistant State Attorney McKenna Mundy prosecuted the case and County Judge Belle Schumann rendered the sentence.

On February 4, 2019, Volusia County Animal Services responded to a complaint in Daytona Beach. Upon arrival, the officer entered the home which was covered in garbage and smelled of ammonia and feces. The dog was chained to the couch and had severe fleas and worms. Nordman voluntarily surrendered the dog to Animal Services the next day.

Assistant State Attorney Shannon Shontz-Phillips tried a case involving two counts of cruelty to animals. A Volusia County jury found Guy Failla guilty of both counts on January 30, 2020. Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum sentenced Failla to two years of probation with the first 30 days to be served in Volusia County Jail. During probation, he is banned from owning or having contact with any pets. He also has to complete 100 hours of community service.

On May 4, 2019, Volusia County Animal Services received a complaint concerning the well-being of two dogs. When responding to the complaint, the Animal Control officer observed the two emaciated dogs laying down in the front yard. The officer spoke with the defendant, Guy Failla, who admitted he had not taken the dogs to the veterinarian and that it would be a waste of money for him to do so. The officer, out of concern for the dogs, transported them to an animal hospital for veterinary care. One dog was later euthanized because of its poor condition and the other died in peace months later after being adopted.

State Attorney R.J. Larizza had the following to say about these animal cruelty cases: “The sad reality is animal cruelty exists in our society. We prosecute these crimes to hold these individuals accountable and deter future acts of this nature.”

Assistant State Attorney Nancy Simpson tried three cases last week—two for unlicensed contracting and one for petit theft.

In the first case, Andrew and Jeremy Volkmann contracted with a victim to do various house repairs and installations. The City of Edgewater Code Enforcement investigated and found that both were performing work without Florida contractors’ licenses or a building permit. A Volusia County Jury found both guilty of engaging in contracting without certification and performing work without a building permit. Judge Feigenbaum sentenced them each to 12 months of probation and 50 hours of community service. In addition, he ordered them to pay restitution to the victim.

Mr. Larizza said the following about the Volkmanns’ case: “Unlicensed contractors take advantage of unsuspecting customers resulting in financial hardship and loss to our Victims. Prosecuting these crimes and obtaining restitution for the Victims sends a message to those who prey upon the vulnerabilities of trusting consumers.” 

In the second case, Joseph Nolin took his boat towards the waterway in Ponce Inlet. He then pulled alongside another boat and got out. He walked around the other boat, cut the anchor and chain, and took them—leaving the boat unsecured to drift away. He then left in his boat with the anchor and chain. A Volusia County jury convicted Nolin of petit theft on January 28, 2020. When the jury was polled to confirm the verdict, Nolin repeatedly violated proper court decorum and shouted obscenities at the jurors. Judge Judith D. Campbell sentenced Nolin to six months of probation with the first 30 days to be served in Volusia County Jail. In addition, Judge Campbell found Nolin in criminal contempt and sentenced him to an additional 60 days in Volusia County Jail—after the previously sentenced 30 days.

Mr. Larizza said the following about Nolin’s case: “Most people never serve on a jury and don’t experience the responsibility, duty, and burden it entails. The defendant’s contempt for the jury resulted in a well-deserved 60 day jail sentence. I appreciate and applaud the hard work and efforts of jurors everywhere."

 

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For more information contact:

John Scott | Public Information Officer | Office of the State Attorney, 7th Circuit | 251 N. Ridgewood Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 | 904-891-7871 (cell) | 386-239-7710 ext. 14922

 


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