This afternoon, Javier Montero was sentenced as a Prison Releasee Reoffender (PRR) and a Habitual Violent Felony Offender (HVFO) to 25 years in prison for crimes
involving a shooting. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for Shooting At/Within or Into an Occupied Vehicle as a PRR. He was sentenced to 25 years for Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle Within 1,000 ft. of a Person as an HVFO to run concurrent with the first count. The defendant was also sentenced to one year in jail for Improper Exhibition of a Firearm and three years in prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The jury found him guilty of those charges in February and also made a special finding on both shooting charges, that he threatened physical force or violence against an individual.
On the morning of August 2020, the defendant met up with two people he knew outside of an apartment complex in Fort Myers and was angry and cursing. The victims were planning on going fishing and left the scene, following the defendant, who had also just left. The defendant then pulled out a gun and shot at the victims. Luckily no one was injured.
The victims flagged down a Fort Myers Police Officer for assistance. The defendant was located later and arrested for the crime.
Assistant State Attorney Marilla Shoemaker prosecuted the case.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office