Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Dunedin woman who stalked radio DJs is sentenced, must leave Pinellas

Neighbors of a Dunedin woman sentenced to jail and probation Thursday for phoning in hundreds of threats to two St. Petersburg radio disc jockeys are worried the punishment will only allow the woman to heap more terror on their waterfront community.

Patricia Immendorf, 50, was sentenced to a year in the county jail and nine years of probation after pleading no contest Thursday to two felony counts of aggravated stalking against WXGL 107.3 radio disc jockeys Nick Van Cleeve and John Moore.

The probation carries some strict rules. Those include an order to live at least 100 miles away from Pinellas County and to continue her mental health treatment, including taking prescribed medicine.

But because Immendorf has already spent time in jail awaiting a resolution in the case, her attorney says she'll likely be released from jail in early September. She would be required to leave Pinellas County within two weeks of her release. She would not be allowed to return to her Dunedin house on Bayshore Boulevard.

William Honeycutt Jr., 47, said he doubts Immendorf will obey the terms.

"We're hoping they keep her monitored and know where she's at," said Honeycutt, whose father, Bill Honeycutt Sr., is a neighbor of Immendorf's. The senior Honeycutt is also the victim in a pending misdemeanor stalking case against her.

Neighbors, the city and police say Immendorf has fired guns in the neighborhood, aimed stereo speakers and floodlights at neighbors' houses and yelled threats or obscenities.

"But everybody's still worried, because you can't make somebody take their medication, you can't watch them 24/7," the junior Honeycutt said, adding that Immendorf has terrorized his entire family and other neighbors for years. "The trouble she's caused the city of Dunedin and neighbors on Santa Barbara Drive, it just won't stop. And we don't feel safe unless she's in jail."

Thursday's sentence stemmed from an August case in which Immendorf was arrested following three weeks of telephoned threats to Moore and Van Cleeve.

Like many radio stations, 107.3 "the Eagle" encourages listeners to call in. They take song requests, comments, even banter with callers.

Radio station recordings show Immendorf called literally hundreds of times and left messages saying she would kill the DJs and do unimaginable things to their children, according to a police report.

In a jailhouse interview last fall, Immendorf told the Times she was just doing what they wanted.

Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Christopher LaBruzzo had pushed for a five-year state prison sentence. However, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Philip Federico signed off on a plea arrangement worked out between the defense and the radio DJs, with assistance from an attorney representing Cox Media Group.

Under other terms of Immendorf's probation, she can't drink alcohol, have any firearms or live in a house where they are present. She cannot communicate with anyone from Cox Media and must live at least 90 miles away from any Cox Media Group radio station.

Calling the sentence "a very good resolution" for the victims and for Immendorf, defense attorney Nicholas Dorsten said the root of the problem was that Immendorf had gotten off her medication for mental health issues. He said the probation requirements are meant to ensure she keeps receiving mental health treatment and medicine, he said.

"I really think in this case, she's protected and society as a whole is protected, rather than just throw this person in jail," he said.

This case did not relate to the many neighborhood complaints she sparked. In a rare move cities usually reserve for curbing violent gang behavior, the city of Dunedin last May filed an injunction asking a judge to bar Immendorf from driving down certain roads, playing loud music and engaging in otherwise disruptive behavior.

City Attorney Jay Daigneault, away at a seminar, said he hadn't seen documents in Thursday's criminal case, so he didn't know how it would affect the city's lawsuit. But he said it would likely resolve the city's complaints.

"We were just looking for the result of helping the citizens of that neighborhood get some peace," he said. "To the extent that this is accomplished by this plea or sentence, we're happy."

The Honeycutts have been monitoring the cases against Immendorf. The younger Honeycutt attended Thursday's sentencing in place of his father, who was out of town.

He said the medications appear to be working and that Immendorf appeared "normal." He said her lawyers told the judge that Immendorf, a former flight attendant, is moving to Key West with her pilot boyfriend.

However, a skeptical Honeycutt recalled that a judge in a different court case several years ago also ordered Immendorf to stay away. At 12:01 a.m. on the day her probation was over, he said, Immendorf drove her car into his father's driveway and started flashing her headlights.

"Key West is an eight-hour drive, an hour on a flight," Honeycutt said. "This lady has threatened my kids, my family for six years, and she's going to come back to Pinellas County. You can believe that."

Keyonna Summers can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4153. To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.

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