Guilty As Charged: Attempted Second Degree Murder

Justus Divine Pierce was found guilty as charged of two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder and one count of Shooting At/Into a Building or an Occupied Vehicle following a trial in Lee County. The jury returned the guilty verdict shortly before 6 p.m. yesterday after deliberating for just under an hour.

Pierce faces up to 75 years in prison when he is sentenced. The crime happened in April 2017. The defendant had been stalking two young men. One afternoon he drove by the men’s home off of Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral and both victims were outside. Pierce flashed a gun at them as he drove by. He then drove by a second time and pointed a gun at them. He then drove by a third time and fired several shots at them. One victim ran, another got in his car and drove away. Pierce chased him throughout the city until the victim called 911 and police met up with him. Pierce was later apprehended.

Assistant State Attorneys Christine Cummins and Erin Hughes handled the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office