Cantonment Man Charged With Kidnapping, Choking His Wife

June 20, 2022

A Cantonment man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and then choking his wife.

Michael Demetera Kirkland, 53, was charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation and felony kidnapping.

Kirkland allegedly picked up his wife and carried her from her residence to his residence before choking her when she attempted to leave. The victim told deputies that she was unable to breathe as Kirkland grabbed her from behind and wrapped his arm around her neck. He took her to West Florida Hospital for treatment, but she was too afraid to tell the nurse what happened, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Kirkland told deputies he went to the victim’s residence to take food to his children, but he was unable to remember all of the events until he took her to the hospital, the report continues.

The ECSO said the victim had injuries consistent with a person who has been “severely choked”.

Kirkland remained in the Escambia County Jail Monday morning with bond set at $20,000.


7 Responses to “Cantonment Man Charged With Kidnapping, Choking His Wife”

  1. David Huie Green on June 21st, 2022 7:20 am

    ” they should have better mugshot cameras.”

    You gotta work with the material you have available. Bad hair days happen to all.
    (I wasn’t available for a mugshot.)

    David for better mugs

  2. Dave Coleson on June 21st, 2022 12:48 am


    Maybe I’m stating the obvious but….

    The City of Pensacola does not run the jail nor do they operate the camera. Escambia County Corrections which is the agency under the Escambia County Board Of County Commissioners operates the camera.

    But I do agree, the camera is pretty awful. For a new (county) jail they should have better mugshot cameras.

  3. Raina on June 20th, 2022 7:45 pm

    It’s crazy how the city of Pensacola can come up with a funding of millions of dollars
    to build a new jail, but can’t afford a decent Camara. Smh

  4. DLo on June 20th, 2022 2:45 pm

    I think it’s nice that they have kids with crayons coming in to do the mug shots now, I’d hang that on my fridge.

  5. Susie on June 20th, 2022 1:38 pm

    He IS creepy! I think both of them have problems. Has she ever heard of a divorce? A restraining order? A one way ticket to another place?

  6. William Reynolds on June 20th, 2022 12:24 pm

    “Where are the dudes eyes?! Very creepy shadowing on this picture.”

    That’s an unedited mug shot from the county jail. They didn’t have a big budget for a good camera. :)

  7. Sessy on June 20th, 2022 5:22 am

    Where are the dudes eyes?! Very creepy shadowing on this picture.

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