Man facing life in prison for shooting

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Mat Pellegrino

A Navarre man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to charges stemming from a botched break-in that occurred on Sevilla Street in Navarre back in November.
Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51, pled guilty inside a courtroom at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse on Monday to Aggravated Assault by Threat with a Firearm, Burglary of a Dwelling with Battery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Shooting Within a Building and Criminal Mischief.
The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on Nov. 26 in Navarre where the suspect claimed people were making fun of his mother and he decided to take the law into his own hands.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s arrest report indicated that Carrasquillo entered his neighbor’s home on Sevilla Street with a gun in his hand at around midnight that day allegedly aggravated over something someone inside of the home had said about his mother.
Carrasquillo told law enforcement that someone inside of the home had called his 70-year-old mother a “whore, bitch and an ass hole” and that he went over to the home to “take the law into his own hands”.
A man inside of the home claimed Carrasquillo entered the home uninvited and immediately pointed a handgun at him and called him a “snitch”.
That same man told law enforcement that Carrasquillo then approached him and hit him on the head with the handgun and a struggle ensued between the two men. When the victim grabbed the suspect, the gun went off inside of the home, the arrest report stated.
After hearing the gunshot, someone else inside of the home came out of a bedroom and restrained Carrasquillo until law enforcement was able to arrive.
The man who came out of the bedroom after hearing the gunshot claimed he threw the suspect into a chair and hit Carrasquillo several times to force him to let go of the handgun.
Carrasquillo was later transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries he sustained during the altercation.
The suspect told law enforcement that the victim had texted him several times calling him a meth head, crack head and heroin user, the report stated. The suspect said his original intent was to scare the victim.
Following his arrest after being released from the hospital, he was charged with Burglary, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Battery, a Weapon Offense, Firing a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm and Property Damage.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 15 before the Honorable Ross Goodman.
Carrasquillo faces a minimum sentence of 20 years state prison pursuant to Florida’s 10-20-Life law with a maximum of life in prison.
The case was investigated by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.