Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants more details about why an Orlando prosecutor refused to pursue charges against a career criminal who was released from custody and allegedly murdered three people.
According to The Capitolist, a conservative website in Tallahassee, DeSantis’ office demanded records of all staff communications inside State Attorney Monique Worrell’s office about deliberations on how to handle Keith Moses, both as a juvenile and as an adult.
As The Free Press has reported, Moses was arrested last week following shootings that killed 9-year-old T’yonna Major, 38-year-old Nathacha Augustin, and Dylan Lyons, a 24-year-old reporter for Spectrum News 13. Two other people were wounded, including Lyons’ videographer.
Moses, 19, has a record that includes at least eight felony and 11 misdemeanor arrests.
One of those arrests included a marijuana possession charge in 2021.
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Worrell, whose election campaign was backed by leftist billionaire George Soros, recently told reporters that she let that case slide because the amount of pot Moses had was so small that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would refuse to test for its confirmation.
“That means the State Attorney’s Office cannot prove the case,” she argued. She also called it “shameful” that people were accusing her of not doing her job by releasing Moses.
Yet DeSantis was not buying it.
“I cannot believe they let this guy — you have to hold people accountable,” DeSantis said during a recent press conference. “I know the … state attorney in Orlando thinks that you don’t prosecute people and that’s the way that you somehow have a better community — that does not work.”
“And you have these people when they’ve had multiple arrests, multiple times where they could be held accountable, and you keep cycling them out into the community, you are increasing the chances that something bad will happen,” DeSantis continued.
The problem for Worrell is that in 2021 investigators said that as they approached Moses and two other men who they believed were smoking pot in a car, one of them threw a gun out the window.
The gun turned out to be stolen. Moses and the other two men had “multiple” previous charges for firearm possession, including for attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. All three also had ski masks either on them or in the car.
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In a letter, DeSantis’ General Counsel Ryan Newman demanded the internal documents from Worrell.
In that letter, he added, “The failure of your office to hold this individual accountable for his actions – despite his extensive criminal history and gang affiliation – may have permitted this dangerous individual to remain on the street. Clearly, Mr. Moses should never have been in a position to commit those senseless crimes of last week.”
“As we seek to learn valuable lessons from this heartbreaking event, we must determine if Mr. Moses was enabled by gaps in our sentencing laws that must be corrected, or, to be frank, your office’s failure to properly administer justice.”
The Capitolist added, “DeSantis has previously shown that he won’t hesitate to remove prosecutors from their offices if he believes they aren’t doing their job, and now speculation is running rampant that Worrell may be next.”
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