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Tampa man gets 25 years for murder of potential informant

DADE CITY — The man accused of killing a potential informant in the 2006 murder of two Wesley Chapel teens will spend 25 years behind bars.

Commie Lateel "Blackjack" Pattmon, 27, of Tampa pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm.

Pattmon said nothing during his sentencing.

He previously told authorities that Luc Pierre-Charles offered him $2,500 to "get rid of" a drug-dealing associate, Jeremy Henry. Pattmon ended up shooting Henry, 20, for $1,000 cash, a gold necklace and 14 grams of crack cocaine.

Henry's death ended a summer of violence that had been touched off by a battle among drug dealers angling for turf in east Pasco.

Early on the morning of July 28, 2006, Pierre-Charles and another man killed two Wesley Chapel teens — Derek Pieper, 17, and Raymond Veluz, 18 — on a Trilby dirt road. Prosecutors say Pierre-Charles feared Pieper had told other drug dealers his whereabouts; Veluz found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Pierre-Charles later gave Henry two guns to dispose of, saying those were the guns that would "get them a life sentence," according to Pattmon's statement to authorities.

Then the Pasco County Sheriff's Office named Henry as a "person of interest" they wanted to interview about the double homicide, and Henry was quoted in a Tampa Tribune article saying he wasn't involved but "I do know a little about it."

Pierre-Charles feared he would be implicated, Pattmon told authorities, so he paid Pattmon to kill Henry.

Henry was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on Aug. 13, 2006 on a dirt road in Dade City.

Witnesses say Pattmon warned them: "Loose lips sink ships."

Henry's death had a chilling effect. For two years, no one wanted to talk about the murder of the Wesley Chapel teens.

Then last summer a witness came forward and authorities arrested Pierre-Charles, of Wesley Chapel, and Tyree Jenkins, of Zephyrhills. Pierre-Charles, now 21, was convicted earlier this year for the murders of Pieper and Veluz, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Jenkins, now 23, awaits trial on two counts of first-degree murder.

Neither of them have been charged in connection with Henry's death.

Tampa man gets 25 years for murder of potential informant 06/18/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:09pm]
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