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At 62, gunman gets 15 years for targeting couple
By TIMES STAFF
Published August 21, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY
Julius Albon Dean agreed Monday to spend 15 years in prison for targeting two people in a 2003 shooting spree.
The 62-year-old St. Petersburg man pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree attempted murder. A judge adjudicated him guilty of the charges. Police say that on Nov. 29, 2003, Dean tried to kill his ex-wife, Charlotte Dean, and her boyfriend, Greg Deakyne. Authorities say Dean approached the two, pulled out a handgun and tried to pull the trigger, but the weapon jammed.
Then Dean pulled out another gun and fired at Deakyne. Dean then chased his ex-wife, firing shots at her, but she drove off with a witness who rescued her.
Had Dean been convicted at trial, he could have faced up to life in prison.
Man grabs toddler, leads police on chase
The man ran from police, through back yards and over fences. They say he had marijuana and a warrant for failure to appear in court. And they say he was carrying a toddler.
New Port Richey police arrived at the home of James Thomas Cave, 21, at 5423 Pasadena Drive, a little after 2 p.m. Sunday, according to an arrest report. His live-in girlfriend told police he had thrown her against the wall.
An officer saw Cave pushing the woman's 18-month-old child in a stroller and Cave took off on foot with the child in his arms.
The chase lasted nearly half a mile until another officer caught up to Cave, pointed a Taser at him and forced him to surrender, the report said. He was arrested on five charges, including domestic battery and child abuse, and held Monday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,513 bail. The girlfriend recovered her child, apparently unharmed.
Robbery victim, 77, scolds young attacker
Shame can be a powerful weapon. On Sunday afternoon, it may have foiled a robbery.
About 1:30 p.m. outside the Sweetbay supermarket at State Road 52 and Little Road, a 77-year-old woman was getting in her car when a younger woman tried to grab her purse, according to a sheriff's incident report. The victim refused to let go. The younger woman pulled, forcing the victim to her knees. And then the victim said, "What would your mother think of you?"
The robber let go of the purse and fled, but not before a witness got part of her tag number. About an hour later, a deputy arrested Dawn Karen Lynch, 18, and charged her with attempted robbery. She was released from jail on $5,000 bail.