Man Enters Plea, To Be Sentenced For Murdering A Former Molino Fire Chief

September 24, 2021

An Escambia County man will be sentenced in late October for the murder of a former Molino fire chief.

Jared Cordel Clakley, 31, entered a plea of no contest to a charge of second degree murder with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the shooting death of Gary Diamond.

Diamond was shot and killed outside his Molino Road home shortly after 3:30 a.m. on December 26, 2020.

Three witnesses told deputies that Clakley fired four or five shots at Diamond before fleeing in his vehicle. Deputies found the vehicle wrecked near Highway 95A and Molino Road, but Clakley had fled. A K-9 unit was deployed to track him down. He was later located at a family member’s home near Holsberry Place.

Pictured: The scene of the murder in the 400 block of Molino Road early in the morning on December 26, 2020. photos, click to enlarge.


18 Responses to “Man Enters Plea, To Be Sentenced For Murdering A Former Molino Fire Chief”

  1. Citizen on September 25th, 2021 9:29 pm

    Take a life for no reason you should be put to death now!!!

  2. David Huie Green on September 25th, 2021 2:44 pm

    “I still feel that if our judicial system would bring back public hanging for capital crimes, there would be less people interested in swinging from the gallows!”

    I tend to think so too, but the current rate isn’t much higher than it was in 1960 and has been higher and lower year to year. Not talking hanging necessarily, but death penalty. Homicide rate is up for last year. Mostly I think people who murder aren’t considering the consequences. If they believed they would be caught and given ANY kind of punishment, most would probably not happen.

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics :
    The Nation’s homicide rate was 4.6
    per 100,000 population in 1950. It doubled from the
    mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s. In 1980 it peaked at
    10.2 and fell to 7.9 in 1985. It rose again in the late
    1980’s and early 1990’s to another peak of 9.8 in
    1991. After 1991 the homicide rate declined sharply.
    In recent years the decline has slowed. The Nation’s
    murder rate was 5.5 in 2000 compared to 5.7 in

  3. Someone you use to know on September 24th, 2021 2:59 pm

    Jared was such a good kid growing up. This makes me so sad for his poor momma. His brother is gone and Jared I fear isn’t long behind him.

  4. neighbor on September 24th, 2021 2:55 pm

    Regardless of what Jared did, he and the Diamond family will forever be connected by his children (Gary’s grandchildren). The family deserves justice, I don’t believe that would be found by the death penalty in this case. Gary was such an amazing man and it is a terrible thing for him to be taken too soon. Jared will spend time in prison, it may never be enough to some, but hopefully it’s enough that his daughters can get answers to questions they may have one day.

  5. mnon on September 24th, 2021 2:17 pm

    and I will add it is a shame because when he left Homestead he said he was going to kill everyone in that house and he would have had he not already created a scene and used 5 shots on one man!!

    THAT is the definition of premeditated.

  6. mnon on September 24th, 2021 2:13 pm

    @Alan most know that, I can bet. He will get life in prison at minimum 25 years.

    But Death is deserved. Period.

  7. RC on September 24th, 2021 1:07 pm

    There’s absolutely no doubt that he killed Mr. Diamond in cold blood. None whatsoever- HE DID IT. Build a gallows, call all the TV cameras and announce “This is what we do to cold blooded murderers” and drop his sorry self though the trap door. Then throw him in a hole and forget about him. And don’t take 30 years to do it. Give him the same option he gave Mr, Diamond, with the same swiftness.

  8. Alan on September 24th, 2021 11:13 am

    Folks, they don’t give the death penalty for 2nd degree murder. Try reading the article and not just the headline.

    Penalties for Second Degree Murder
    The crime of Second Degree Murder is a First Degree Felony in Florida and punishable by up to life in prison, life on probation, and a $10,000 fine.

  9. Olin Schultz on September 24th, 2021 11:08 am

    We all know that there are soft spots in our judicial system. That said, he will be judged by one a lot higher than any judge that sits on the bench! I still feel that if our judicial system would bring back public hanging for capital crimes, there would be less people interested in swinging from the gallows! This my seem harsh by some but think about the family who will never have the pleasure of holding their loved one again.

  10. IJS on September 24th, 2021 9:57 am

    Jared made a bad choice but these people are family to each other the Devil always comes to kill steal and destroy let these people heal from this tragic situation I pray for both families pray for them instead of judging

  11. NPC on September 24th, 2021 9:47 am

    Convicted felon in possession of a handgun commits murder is an all to common headline. Gun laws are a joke, politicians and lawmakers have no clue on how to control gun violence so they continue to bombard us with solutions that are impractical. As others have noted, let the punishment fit the crime and watch this type of crime reduce.

  12. Concerned Citizen on September 24th, 2021 9:40 am

    Death Penalty and nothing less.

  13. Susie on September 24th, 2021 9:35 am

    Thirty-one years old and he looks so much older. People who waste their God given lives on drugs and other criminal behavior should be in a cage. Pitiful they’re so selfish and such losers. Take some time to notice all God’s gifts and be thankful. My heart goes out to the Diamond family.

  14. paul on September 24th, 2021 8:53 am

    it won’t be an eye for an eye, either way he still gets to breathe God’s air, and will be a burden on the taxpayer for the rest of his miserable life. no justice…

  15. Beach Boy on September 24th, 2021 8:40 am

    It’s past time that we should bring back the death penalty. To many people are spending years in prison waiting for appeals. If it’s a cut and dried case that the person is guilty of murder…they should be sentenced by lethal injection and STOP wasting tax payers dollars for prison terms.

  16. Mike J. on September 24th, 2021 7:57 am

    Murder with a gun should always be punished with Death Penalty by firing squad. Period.

  17. Just Me on September 24th, 2021 6:05 am

    Death Penalty for sure

  18. SRudd on September 24th, 2021 4:49 am

    Death penalty… He did not give Gary a choice. Some people do not deserve to live.

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