NEW PORT RICHEY — A grand jury on Friday returned first-degree murder indictments in three recent west Pasco killings.
John Sexton Jr. had recently begun doing lawn work for 94-year-old Ann Parlato at her home in the Lakes of Regency Park and the two were becoming friends. But on the night of Sept. 22, authorities say, he attacked the retired widow, mutilating her body. He was in custody within hours, thanks to a neighbor who spotted his truck in Parlato's driveway and noted the tag number.
No motive has been given.
Two weeks later, in an apparent drug deal gone bad, 54-year-old Lester Caudill died from gunfire. On the afternoon of Oct. 3, authorities say, Caudill and two other men met with a drug dealer named Michael Liberty outside an arcade on U.S. 19 intending to buy 100 oxycodone tablets for $800.
As the deal was going down, Liberty, 21, pulled a gun and demanded the cash, authorities say. He fought with another man over the gun, and as Caudill ran to intervene he took a gunshot to the chest. Caudill, who lived in Hudson, was a registered sex offender, convicted of raping a girl younger than 14 in Kentucky in 1994.
The third indictment charged Thomas Cacacie, 26, with killing his estranged girlfriend in a chilling episode that Cacacie himself foretold.
He and Sarah Ann Capps, 22, had split up after a tumultuous and abusive affair. They had a son together.
Cacacie was recently in a drug rehabilitation facility in New York when he decided to board a bus and come back to Pasco to try to reconcile with her.
But their reunion didn't last, authorities said, and Cacacie snapped, slowly strangling Capps and then sexually assaulting her body.
"Once it happened, it was like, all or nothing," Cacacie told the Times in an interview from jail. "If I'm going to f--- up, why not just f--- up with a capital F?"
He expressed no remorse.
"I have never been more at peace with myself, ever," he said in the interview. "I feel like now she's in a better place. ... I'm kind of happier now knowing no one else can touch her."
The crime was something he fantasized about before. In July, when he checked himself into a mental health facility, Cacacie told workers there that he dreamed about killing her, records state.
In his discharge report, Cacacie wrote, "I don't have any plans. But if I stay in the area, I will go back to my son's mothers house and take her life."
When Cacacie was released, authorities notified Capps about his threats. She told them she would move to a new place soon.
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