Man Convicted Of Kidnapping, Sexual Battery

June 10, 2017

A man faces up to life in prison for attacking a woman last year in Escambia County.

A jury convicted Sammie Lee Smith IV, age 20, of one count of sexual battery with deadly force likely to cause serious personal injury, kidnapping, domestic battery by strangulation, and two counts of battery.

On June 9, 2016, the victim was standing outside with a co-worker at her place of employment when Smith showed up unexpectedly. Smith took her cell phone and retreated to his vehicle. The victim followed him into the vehicle to retrieve her phone. Once inside the vehicle, the defendant demanded the password to her phone. When she refused to give it to him, he started hitting her.

She then attempted to get out of the vehicle. Smith grabbed the victim and locked the doors to the vehicle. He then drove to an isolated area where he began to beat the victim, strangled her to the point of breathlessness, and sexually battered her. Eventually, Smith allowed the victim to leave the car. The victim returned to work and law enforcement was called. Smith  was arrested several days later in Ft. Pierce, Florida, his place of residence.

Circuit Court Judge Edward P. Nickinson scheduled sentencing for August 29, 2017. Smith faces up to a life sentence with a minimum mandatory of 50 years in prison. Smith will be designated a sexual offender.


6 Responses to “Man Convicted Of Kidnapping, Sexual Battery”

  1. A on June 12th, 2017 1:50 am

    more like attempted murder!

  2. David Huie Green on June 11th, 2017 9:42 am

    “Wrong decision on both parts. He could have been so much more.’

    Looking back, she probably regrets that decision too.
    He could have been a murderer too. He was working rapidly up to that.

    I doubt the three with his name before him are happy with what he did with their name — I hope not.

    David for fewer regrets

  3. Just saying on June 10th, 2017 11:19 pm

    Returning to a safe place, perhaps? I am assuming she was on foot so maybe it was closer than anything else.
    She may have been in shock.

  4. Jane on June 10th, 2017 3:40 pm

    The victim returned to work!?!? After that ordeal!?!? That doesn’t make sense

  5. anne 1of2 on June 10th, 2017 10:14 am

    Wrong decision on both parts. He could have been so much more. Cell phones are not worth this, let the police get the cell phone back from the thief.

  6. put'em down on June 10th, 2017 9:08 am

    50 years a good start for the 20 year old.

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