Sexual Offender Sent Back to Prison for Violating Probation

Lionel Desmonz Buchanon, a convicted Sexual Offender, was sentenced to an additional 18
years in prison, after just completing a 15-year sentence, for violating the terms of his Sexual
Offender Probation. It has now been revoked and terminated.

The 40-year-old resident of Fort Myers was released from prison in September 2019 after
serving his sentence for the 2004 case. About 7 months later, in April 2020, he removed his
electronic monitoring device that he was ordered to wear as a condition of his probation.
Buchanon then threw one part of the GPS tracking device into a lot across from his house and
left the bracelet portion inside.

The on-call probation officer responded to the residence after getting an alert from the tracking
device. The officer found the two pieces Buchanon removed and confirmed he fled. The
defendant was located by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and the Lee County
Sheriff’s Office in North Fort Myers.

In February 2021, following a violation of probation hearing, the defendant was found to have
violated various conditions of his supervision by tampering with his electronic monitoring
device, absconding from supervision, and failing to comply with Sexual Predator registration
requirements. These violations led to this week’s new prison sentence of exactly 18 years, 4
months, and 9 days.

Assistant State Attorney Heather Fly prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office