Osceola Sheriff says murder suspect should have been in jail when he committed an alleged crime
KISSIMMEE, Florida. – The Osceola County Sheriff speaks of a murder suspect, saying he shouldn’t have been on the street in the first place.
Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputies said Kaylan Vega, 24, tried to make it look like his girlfriend’s murder was suicide at the Red Carpet Inn on July 1.
But when they arrived, Sheriff Marcos Lopez says they discovered Vega murdered the 20-year-old victim.
“A deceased woman shot in the head and it was obvious it was not suicide.”
Sheriff Lopez says Vega shouldn’t have been on the streets in the first place with 12 previous convictions, including assault and battery and robbery.
Records show that it was in April that Vega received five years of probation, instead of three years in prison, after being arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“If he had gotten his sentence the way it should have been, I think this girl would be alive today.”
State Attorney Monique Worrell released a statement saying at the time: “Mr. Vega did not have a violent criminal history and the gun he possessed was not used in the crime and was not charged. She also issued state law 27.366 / 775-087. However, we discovered that the first sentence of the law was missing from the release, which reads in part: “C It is the intention of the legislature that convicted offenders who meet the criteria and be sentenced to the mandatory minimum prison terms provided therein. “
“Once we put together a good case file for prosecution and send it to the state attorney’s office, unfortunately it’s out of our hands and out of our control,” Sheriff Lopez said.
He hopes this isn’t a trend and that Vega stays in jail.
“I hope this time they see his violence escalating.”
Vega is currently being held without bail. Vega’s brother is also indicted for his alleged involvement in the crime. The investigation is continuing.
You can read the full statement from the state attorney’s office below, or on this link for mobile users (PDF).
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