In September of 2011, Detectives Sandra Myers and Charles Beveridge were assigned to investigate a home-invasion robbery in which an elderly couple was robbed at gunpoint by three masked suspects, who were also responsible for several other home-invasion robberies in Northwest Gainesville. One of the suspects was also a prison releasee reoffender, and was wearing a court-ordered tracking ankle bracelet at the time of this incident. It took nearly three years before the suspect was brought to trial, during which the elderly female victim died, and the elderly male victim deteriorated into a state of dementia.
Detectives Myers and Beveridge endured numerous defense efforts to exclude the victims’ testimony to them from being presented at trial. However, the thoroughness of their investigation and documentation, as well as their own court testimony ensured that the victims’ statements and physical evidence were presented to the trial jury. As a result of their efforts, the suspect was brought to trial in September of 2014. The jury found him guilty on all counts, and he was sentenced to Natural Life, to be served consecutively to prison sentences the suspect received for other offenses during the course of this investigation.