P R E S S R E L E A S E
February 14, 2020
State of Florida v. Diane Reid
Clerk Number: 2017 305900 CFDB
Reid sentenced to life in prison for beating disabled man to death
DELAND – This morning, Diane Reid, 57, was sentenced to life in a state prison facility for second-degree murder. She was also sentenced to 15 years for neglect of a disabled adult, a second-degree felony, to be served concurrently with the life sentence. Chief Circuit Judge Raul A. Zambrano rendered the sentence.
On July 15, 2017, Reid beat the victim to death. She then called law enforcement to report that the victim was not breathing. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they found the deceased victim with severe bruising and injuries. After further investigation, it was determined that Reid took out a life insurance policy on the disabled victim with herself as the beneficiary.
Assistant State Attorney Tammy Jaques prosecuted the case before Chief Judge Zambrano. A Volusia County jury had previously convicted Reid in December 2019.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza had the following to say about the case: “The defendant bound and beat our disabled and defenseless Victim to death over a life insurance policy. It is especially troubling that the defendant was the caretaker of our Victim, and used her position of trust to feed her greedy agenda.”
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