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Man involved in drive by shooting in Fort Myers sentenced to prison

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 17:03:01-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In May 2017 a Fort Myers Police Officer was patrolling nearby when he heard shots and drove towards them.

The officer witnessed an individual shooting and saw he was wearing a red blinking light around his neck.

The suspect then got back in the car and drove off. The officer followed in pursuit until the defendant crashed his car into a rental car with two tourists inside.

He then jumped out of the car and fled on foot. The officer ran after him and caught him; he was still wearing the red blinking light around his neck.

Jevon Blanks, 20, was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years probation for a drive-by shooting witnessed by the Fort Myers Police Officer.

Blanks was found guilty on the following counts;
Count 1: Attempted Second Degree Murder- 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation
Count 2: Attempted Second Degree Murder- 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation
Count 3: Shooting at within or into an Occupied Vehicle- 15 years in prison
Count 4: Shooting at within or into a Dwelling- 15 years in prison
Count 5: Fleeing or Eluding an Officer with Lights and Sirens with High Speed or Reckless Driving- 15 years in prison and one year driver’s license suspension Count 6: No Driver’s License- 60 days in jail