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Walter 'J.J.' Revear's trail of trouble

Revear's history of trouble

Oct. 20, 1982: Walter "J.J." Revear III is born.
1992: Revear's mother goes to prison for cocaine possession. His father is already there. In the years that follow, a grandmother cares for the boy while his parents are in and out of prison.
1994: Revear is arrested for the first time at age 12, on charges of robbery, car theft and burglary. He's sent to a juvenile facility.
1995: Not yet 13, he gets caught driving the getaway car when two men are robbed at gunpoint at an ATM. He's also accused of 15 counts of car theft. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Diana Allen sentences him to two years of house arrest and probation.
1996: He violates probation. Judge Allen sentences him to another year of house arrest for being out late at night when he should have been home.
1997: He violates probation again. Circuit Judge Jack Espinosa Jr. sends him to a boot camp facility.
1998: Out of boot camp, Revear is taken in by a family from the Without Walls Church in Tampa.
2000: He takes a gun from a friend, violating probation. Judge Espinosa sentences him to six years in prison, with credit for time served in boot camp.
2003: At age 20, he's arrested on charges of cocaine possession and resisting an officer and sentenced to five years in prison. There, he works as a groundskeeper.
2009: Three months out of prison, at 26, Revear burglarizes a home.
2010: He's found incompetent to stand trial and is sent to the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee.
2011: After treatment, Revear is deemed competent and sentenced in April to two years of probation.
May 18, 2011: Revear is dead at 28, shot in a bar parking lot.

Sources: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement,

the Department of Corrections, Times archives

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