Escambia Man Sentenced To 40 Years On Child Exploitation Offenses

October 16, 2017

Danny Ray Murphy, 37, of Milton, was sentenced today to 40 years in prison, after being convicted on June 14 of conspiracy, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography involving a minor under age 12.  As part of his sentence, Murphy will be required to register as a sex offender.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

During the trial, the jury reviewed three months of online communications between Murphy and a co-conspirator, including images and a video of the co-conspirator sexually assaulting a three-year old child.  These communications along with forensic evidence from Murphy’s cellular telephone, revealed he was attempting to gain personal access to the three-year-old for the same purpose.

U.S. Attorney Canova said: “Children’s lives are easily influenced by their early experiences, and they trust adults to keep them safe.  As such, it is especially horrific that this long-lasting harm was inflicted upon a vulnerable child.  My office and our law enforcement partners are committed to pursuing these child predators to protect our communities and to rescue defenseless children.”

HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero said: “HSI special agents will continue to investigate these crimes and ensure the criminals are brought to justice for preying on our kids.”

The case was investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Pensacola Police Department, the State Attorney’s Office for the 1st Judicial Circuit, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.

Supervisor Of Elections Schedules Candidate Workshop

October 16, 2017

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford will conduct a candidate workshop on Tuesday, October 24, for anyone interested in running for office or learning more about the process. Candidates, campaign staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Escambia County Central Office Complex at 3363 West Park Place, Room 104.

Attendees may register with the Elections Office by email at qualify@escambiavotes.com, by phone at (850) 595-3900 or by mail at PO Box 12601, Pensacola, FL 32591. Include your name, the campaign you are affiliated with (if any), how many in your party will be in attendance and your email address. This event is open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact the Candidate Qualifying Department at (850) 595-3900.

Escambia Man Gets 10 Years On Federal Meth, Weapons Charges

October 16, 2017

Anthony J. Fountain, 23, of Pensacola, was sentenced Friday to 10  years in federal prison after pleading guilty on July 20 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

In May 2017, an undercover agent purchased approximately 57.3 grams of methamphetamine from Fountain for $1,800.

Several days later, the agent purchased a firearm from Fountain, a previously convicted felon, for $150. The next day, the agent purchased approximately 70.3 grams of methamphetamine from Fountain for $2,350. Upon completion of the last methamphetamine transaction, law enforcement officers approached Fountain, who fled and began to throw potential evidence into Pensacola Bay. The discarded evidence was retrieved, and Fountain was arrested.