30 Years in Prison: Assaulting Law Enforcement Officers

Today Rones Sagesse, 26, was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison for his violent actions in two cases against law enforcement officers. Sagesse was sentenced to 25 years for two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. He was found guilty at trial in Lee County earlier this month. He was also sentenced to 5 years in prison on a separate case after pleading no contest to charges of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer with Violence. His 25 year sentence will run consecutive to the 5 year sentence. 

In the first case from November 2016, deputies responded to a call for service regarding a domestic disturbance at a home in the Pine Manor area of Fort Myers. The defendant pointed a gun at arriving deputies. The first deputy to come up the driveway saw a round eject from the firearm which startled him and caused him to fall back onto the ground. 

While on his back, the deputy was able to fire his weapon and hit Sagesse in the leg. Sagesse then fled the scene on foot. Sagesse was located and arrested in the yard of a home not far from the shooting after he tried to get into someone’s house. 

In the second case from October 2016, deputies responded to the home of Sagesse’s ex-girlfriend in Fort Myers after receiving a call of a suspicious person outside from a neighbor. When the deputies tried to investigate and ascertain Sagesse’s identity, he refused to cooperate and walked towards a parked car. Sagesse reached inside the car and deputies ordered him to stop, but he
again refused. 

Deputies then tried to take him into custody and Sagesse began to punch one of the deputies repeatedly in the head. The other deputy on scene attempted to help and they all fell to the ground. Sagesse then punched and scratched the other deputy’s face. A taser was used to gain compliance and he was arrested. 

Assistant State Attorneys Ashley Adams and Leena Marcos prosecuted the cases.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office