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    Man found not guilty in robberies

    The ''manservant'' to a woman who called herself Queen Shahmia was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2001

    FORT MYERS -- A man who says he robbed to further the cause of God's daughter was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday.

    Anthony Menendez, 22, was ordered hospitalized by Circuit Judge Thomas Reese.

    Menendez is the first so-called manservant of Richell Denise Bradshaw, who called herself Queen Shahmia, to be found not guilty.

    He was arrested a year ago by Lee County sheriff's deputies and charged with five robberies in Fort Myers. Menendez also was charged with three Bradenton area robberies.

    Last month, 20-year-old Lawrence Joseph Ansaroff was declared mentally unfit to stand trial. The judge also ordered him to be held in a hospital until he is able to participate in his own defense.

    Bradshaw, 34, was convicted last year and sentenced to 25 years in prison for orchestrating the robberies. Prosecutors say she ordered the servants to take money, not just collect donations. The money was used to pay for food and shelter, which included stays at beachside resorts in Florida. The servants tended to Bradshaw, peeling her fruit and rubbing her feet with lotion.

    A third manservant arrested in the robberies, Ismael Castilleja, 26, pleaded no contest. He is serving a two-year sentence.

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