Prison Sentence for Crime During Trial

Today Khalil Bynum, 24, was sentenced to 6 years in prison, with 5 years as the minimum-mandatory sentence, for a crime that involved battery on a law enforcement officer, committed
while he was on trial for another case.

Bynum was the defendant in a Grand Theft case in Charlotte County last year. During a lunch
break, he left court and drove to Sarasota County. On his way back to court, he was stopped by a
deputy with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for speeding. During the stop, Bynum got out
of his car but then got back in. The deputy reached for Bynum’s car door but the defendant drove
off, knocking the deputy to the ground. He then crashed his car into the deputy’s patrol car and
sped back to court.

By the time Bynum arrived at the courthouse for his trial to resume, both the Charlotte County
Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were waiting for him.

Bynum was adjudicated guilty for one count each of Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer and Fleeing and Eluding and was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender. He was also
found guilty last year following the Grand Theft trial.

Assistant State Attorney Scott Patterson handled the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office