Life in Prison for Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer

This morning, Travis Clayton Rains was sentenced to life in prison on each of three counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.

He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for Burglary and 15 years in prison on each count of Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle and Shooting at, within, or into an Occupied Vehicle. He was given credit time served for Resisting an Officer without Violence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Canine. All sentences are to run concurrently.

The defendant, now 20, was 17 years old at the time of the crime. His case was direct filed to adult court by prosecutors. Rains was found guilty in February following a trial in Lee County.

On September 15, 2020, a home was burglarized in the San Carlos Park area. When the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded, the suspects tried to evade deputies, fleeing in a van. A shoot-out then occurred at the intersection of Three Oaks Parkway and Alico Road. The defendant was the passenger in the van, shooting at pursuing law enforcement.

Assistant State Attorney Steven Vitale, and Assistant State Attorney Tyler Lovejoy, Lee County Circuit Court Chief, prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – State Attorney’s Office, Communications Director