Angel Luis Fernandez, 24, of Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating his probation. He was being supervised in Pennsylvania for a probation sentence from Lee County, Florida.
Over the course of approximately two weeks in December 2011, Fernandez committed four robberies of various businesses across Lee County. He pled no contest to the charges in March 2012 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison followed by 6 years of probation.
In February 2016, Fernandez was arrested for various driving offenses in Pennsylvania which resulted in a violation of his probation in Lee County. He admitted to the violation, pleading to the court so he could be sentenced by the judge. The judge sentenced him to 6 months in prison and reinstated his probation term.
A defendant may give up their right to a hearing on a violation of probation and plea straight to the court to be sentenced which is what Fernandez did.
In June 2017, Fernandez was arrested on charges of Harassment and Simple Assault in Pennsylvania. That case involved Fernandez grabbing the victim’s hair and pulling her from her car, slamming her on the ground, punching her with a closed fist repeatedly and biting her. She attempted to take an item from her car which resulted in him pulling her pants off and ripping her shirt in an attempt to get the papers from her. He also smashed her cell phone, destroying it so she could not call for help.
Fernandez entered a plea to those charges in Pennsylvania but still faced a new violation of probation here in Lee County.
The violation of probation hearing in Lee County included testimony from an officer of the Allentown Police Department who was present in court and testified about the case in Pennsylvania. After listening to all the evidence, the judge sentenced Fernandez to 15 years in prison.
Assistant State Attorney Alyssa Wolf handled the case.
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