Today, Fred Douglas Shackleford, 44, of Fort Myers, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for Third Degree Murder. He sold fentanyl and other drugs to a minor that resulted in her death. He was sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender.
Mr. Shackleford was a drug dealer who went by the street name, “King Kong.” The evidence showed that on December 25, 2018, the defendant met the 17-year-old girl victim in a store parking lot in Fort Myers and sold her drugs. Store surveillance camera footage showed the victim entering the defendant’s truck that evening, just after 6 p.m., and then exiting a few minutes later.
The next day, just before 3 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about an unresponsive person at a residence in North Fort Myers. Deputies observed the victim, deceased,
laying outside on the ground, covered by a sheet. The Medical Examiner later determined the child overdosed and died from acute cocaine and fentanyl toxicity.
At the scene was Javarus Devon Pointer, a co-defendant in Fred Shackleford’s case. The investigation determined Pointer had earlier driven the victim to meet Shackleford, brought her back to his home and then had sex with the victim as she was overdosing on the illegal narcotics. He was sentenced in January 2020 for his role in the crime.
Assistant State Attorney Francine Donnorummo, Special Victims Unit Chief, and Assistant State Attorney Taryn Vaughn prosecuted the case against Shackleford.
Assistant State Attorney Donnorummo and Assistant State Attorney Heather Fly prosecuted the case against Pointer.
Samantha Syoen – State Attorney’s Office, Communications Director