Published on Saturday, July 14, 2007
in the St. Augustine Record
Mack Daniel Mims was 29 years old the morning he was charged with six counts of burglary and three counts of felony homicide.
He had been captured the day before, after a plane carrying three Florida Highway Patrol troopers crashed while they watched him from the air, letting officers on the ground know his location.
Mims was the chief suspect in a series of burglaries of St. Augustine South residents. The state added the felony homicide charges because the three officers were killed while pursing him.
Mims said he worked as a civilian employee at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The court appointed a public defender to represent him.
At his trial, he was found guilty and later sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served six years before being released in 1988.
In November 1993, he was arrested for attempted armed robbery, found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released in 1999 after serving less than five years.
In 2006, he was arrested again, tried and found guilty of burglary and cocaine possession. At the time of his arrest by the St. Augustine Police, he was described as homeless. Mims is currently in prison serving a two-year sentence.