Photo/Story Gallery 2003

Traffic Homicide Investigation Leads to Attempted Murder Charges

Corporal MitchellCongratulations to Corporal Lona K. Mitchell for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for September 2003, based on her diligent traffic homicide investigative efforts and exemplary courtroom presentation.

On September 11, 2003, thanks to Corporal Mitchell’s professional preliminary traffic homicide investigation and courtroom testimony, the individual responsible for the serious bodily injury of three occupants was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and sentenced to seven years in state prison with ninety-four months of probation for his crime.

Based upon Corporal Mitchell’s investigation and excellent police work, Antonio Luiz Alcantara will serve time for grabbing the wheel of a vehicle in motion. His action caused the car to rollover multiple times-ejecting all the occupants, risking their lives and causing serious injury to these individuals.

Corporal Mitchell acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for her actions. She is greatly appreciated!