Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Shooting His Landlord

March 31, 2018

An Escambia County man is headed to prison for shooting his landlord.

John Scott Borchert, age 63 of Pensacola, pleaded guilty to attempted first degree premeditated murder with a firearm, aggravated assault by threat with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm when subject to a domestic violence  injunction.

Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford immediately sentenced Borchert to 20 years in state prison.

Prosecutors said Borchert got into an argument with his landlord. The victim asked Borchert to vacate the premises due to code violations. Borchert pulled out a firearm and shot the victim in the abdomen before threatening a witness with the gun.

After a brief struggle, Borchert was  detained by the witness until law enforcement arrived. The firearm was recovered with Borchert’s DNA.


2 Responses to “Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Shooting His Landlord”

  1. David Huie Green on March 31st, 2018 11:46 pm

    “And when he gets out, I’m raising his rent!”

    Well, he SHOULD.

    David for better renters

  2. Grand Locust on March 31st, 2018 4:29 pm

    The taxpayers will pay his room and board for this man who at 63 probably did not have many options left. The taxpayers will cover his medical bills for a few years until he is on medicare. It would be great if a tenant had a safety net which when being evicted he would not have to have an angry and emotional experience, but simply a safe transfer to a safe harbor until his problems got addressed. The taxpayers will now pay one million dollars to house this man, and the victim will have life long impact from this violent action, yet a thousand dollar housing stipend which allowed him to get resettled could help fifty families a year for 20 years for what the taxpayer is now paying to house him in prison. He belongs right where he is, but could this and other violence between tenants and landlords be avoided with smart use of taxpayer money…..sure.

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