Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, Florida lost a law enforcement hero. Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry was shot while responding to a dispute between neighbors. He was rushed to the hospital where, the next day, he passed.
Deputy Gentry died a hero, and our entire law enforcement community is mourning his loss. Please pray for his family, friends and members of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office during this difficult time.
Sadly, Deputy Gentry is the fourth law enforcement officer Florida lost this year.
I am humbled by these courageous officers and their sacrifice. In the face of such bravery and heartache, we must not forget their families. They have suffered wounds that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives; but, along with their heartache, I pray they also carry our gratitude and admiration.
At a law enforcement memorial ceremony in Hillsborough County Wednesday, I once again witnessed the courage of law enforcement families first hand. It is always inspiring to be surrounded by so many who sacrifice so much for our safety. I want to thank my friend Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister for hosting the memorial ceremony.
I also want to ask you to pray for these families and our entire law enforcement community. Take time this weekend to thank a law enforcement officer. If you know the family member of a fallen hero, please go out of your way to do some thing kind for them. It is because of them our communities are safe.
In The News
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Following tragedy, Florida’s AG heads to Flint to praise OK2Say, NBC 25 News
Florida’s Attorney General Is Suing Icebox Cafe for ‘Misleading Claims’, Eater Miami
Roofing company accused of being paid thousands, but not doing the work, News 4 Gainesville
Tampa Bay Law Enforcement Officers Honor Fallen Comrades, WUSF
Vigil for fallen deputy Wednesday, Highlands News-Sun
Orlando Heroin Trafficker Receives 20 Year Prison Sentence
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution announced the sentencing of an Orlando man to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin throughout Orange and Seminole Counties. Last month, a Seminole County jury convicted Al D’Wayne Smith, Sr., 45, on felony charges for conspiracy to traffic heroin, 14 grams or more, and unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office’s City-County Investigative Bureau and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration concluded the investigation into the Central Florida heroin trafficking organization with the arrest of Smith in May 2016. The investigation revealed that Smith obtained heroin in South Florida and transported the heroin to Central Florida to distribute to a heroin dealer in the Sanford area of Seminole County.
The Honorable Donna L. McIntosh, Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit, sentenced Smith to 20 years in prison. In addition to the lengthy prison sentence, Smith received a $100,000 fine. The Attorney General’s Statewide Prosecutors David Gillespie and Mary Sammon prosecuted the case.
Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette this week in Michigan to discuss school safety and the safe reporting app OK2SAY.
Attorney General Bondi speaking to a gymnasium full of students at Flint International Academy in Flint, Michigan about the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Attorney General Bondi outside of Wilkinson Middle School with Attorney General Schuette, Superintendent Randy Speck and Principal Angel Abdulahad.
Several Michigan television news stations covered the school safety presentations, and broke news that Attorney General Bondi will unveil Florida’s school safety app in August.
Attorney General Bondi and Governor Rick Scott honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. Attorney General Bondi’s friend, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, hosted the event honoring fallen officers.
Attorney General Bondi speaking to law enforcement officers and family members of heroes who gave their lives to protect our communities.