Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Estates Man Sentenced To Prison On Felony Battery Charge

A man convicted of punching his live-in girlfriend in the face in their Golden Gate Estates home last year has been sentenced to prison.

At a court hearing Tuesday, Collier County Circuit Judge Fred Hardt sentenced Nevin Parrish McLeran to five years in prison in connection with the October 2010 attack. A jury found McLeran guilty of felony battery following a one-day trial Sept. 28.

At Tuesday’s hearing Judge Hardt adjudicated McLeran, 45, guilty as charged and sentenced him as a prison release reoffender to five years in state prison.

McLeran was convicted of punching his live-in girlfriend in the face with a closed fist, breaking several of her facial bones, at their Estates residence Oct. 30, 2010.

McLeran then forced her into his truck and drove her to the area of the Florida Sports Park in East Naples. On the way there he threatened to kill her and dump her body in the swamp.

Upon arrival at the Sports Park, he shoved her out of the truck and drove off. The woman made contact with a deputy who was at the park. The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies located McLeran at his residence later that evening and took him into custody. He has been held at the Collier County jail on $100,000 bond since his arrest.

McLeran was on supervised federal probation when he committed the crime, deputies said. He pleaded no contest to a charge of conspiracy to import in excess of 5 kilograms of crack cocaine during a hearing in federal court in Fort Myers on March 19, 2003. McLeran was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison to be followed by five years federal probation. He was released from federal prison July 26, 2010. McLeran will now be transported back to Fort Myers to face a charge of violating his federal probation.

McLeran is a documented career criminal with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. His prior criminal record includes convictions for burglary and grand theft in Collier County in 1987, as well as for fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and attempted burglary in Gwinnett County, Ga.