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Woman gets 10 years with plea

She pleads guilty to armed robbery and burglary stemming from a double murder.

By MICHAEL KRUSE
Published September 8, 2005


BROOKSVILLE - One of the three Alachua County residents charged in the drug-related double homicide last August in Ridge Manor pleaded guilty Wednesday to her role in the crime.

Kimmian Hines, 18, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison in Circuit Judge Jack Springstead's courtroom. She pleaded guilty to armed robbery and armed burglary.

Part of the agreement is that Hines could be called on later this fall to testify in the sentencing of one of her co-defendants and in the trial of the other.

"She did not have any active participation with regard to the robbery or the homicide," Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino said Wednesday.

Authorities said, in the early-morning hours of Aug. 13, 2004, on a hidden stretch of Ridge Manor's Remington Road, Robert Ford IV, 28, of Holiday and Shannon Garvin, 26, of the Pasco County section of Spring Hill waited in a green Ford Ranger for William Mater and Mark Meyer, both of High Springs.

Meyer, 21, climbed into the passenger seat of Ford's pickup to swap cocaine and marijuana.

Mater, 20, then approached the vehicle and fired a small-caliber handgun. Ford was killed instantly. Garvin, who was shot in the back of the head, died the next day.

Mater took money, valuables and drugs from the vehicle before heading north back to Alachua County, authorities said.

As for Hines' exact role, "there's no evidence that she ever personally possessed the firearm," Magrino said.

"But she knew that the ripoff was going to occur," he explained, and she used some of the stolen drugs.

Last September, a month after the killings, Meyer and Mater were indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary. Hines was charged as a juvenile.

In May, Meyer pleaded guilty to two charges of second-degree murder, agreeing also to testify in Mater's trial. He's scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3 to no more than 40 years in state prison, court records show.

Mater is scheduled to be back in Springstead's courtroom Oct. 6 for a different, unrelated charge of battery on a fellow inmate in the Hernando County Jail, court records show. On the murder charge, though, there's a motion hearing set for Nov. 3. The trial is to start Nov. 7.

Michael Kruse can be reached at mkruse@sptimes.com or 352 848-1434.

[Last modified September 8, 2005, 01:49:23]


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