Friday, August 15, 2008

Jeffrey Green Gets Life Without Parole in Murder

Winter Haven Home Invasion Death

By Jason Geary

The Ledger

Published: Friday, August 15, 2008 at 11:37 a.m.

BARTOW Jeffrey Lenard Green Jr. was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Robert Cameron.

Prosecutors say Green was one of five men who conspired to steal money and drugs from Cameron’s condo at the Winterset complex off Cypress Gardens

Boulevard in Winter Haven on Aug. 22, 2007.

A jury convicted Green, 24, of first-degree murder, armed burglary and armed robbery last month.

Circuit Judge Mark Carpanini also sentenced Green to life sentences on the armed burglary and armed robbery charges. They will run concurrently with the murder sentence.

During Green’s trial, witnesses testified that Cameron, a former star swimmer for Lake Region High School, was known to sell hydroponically grown marijuana.

Green and four other men were arrested on murder charges related to a botched home invasion that left Cameron dead.

One of those men, Desmond “Des” Davis, pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree murder, armed burglary and armed robbery.

As part of a plea deal, Davis, 22, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and must testify against his co-defendants.

Antonio “Red” Neal, 21, accepted a similar plea deal July 17 and received the same sentence, court records show.

Two other men continue to face charges in the case.

Prosecutors accuse one of Cameron’s friends, Kelly Washington, 20, of helping

hatch the Aug. 22 plan to rob him.

Assistant State Attorney John Aguero has said the plan did not call for anyone to get hurt.

Witnesses testified that two men armed with handguns jumped over the balcony of the condo and demanded the drugs.

Cameron struggled with one of the intruders and was shot, witnesses said.

The bullet pierced Cameron’s arm and traveled into his body, causing fatal injuries.

Washington continues to await a trial, but a date has not been scheduled.

The fifth defendant, Henry “Bud” Jones III, 23, is scheduled for a January trial.

[ Reporter Jason Geary can be reached at or 863-802-7536. ]

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