Clay County Arrest for Vandalism of House Where Deputy Died

Clay County Criminal Attorney

Anthony Casanova arrested in Clay County FL

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call about a vandalism in Middleburg FL exactly one week ago.  Last Friday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthonio Joseph Casanova.  He was arrested for Florida criminal mischief due to the vandalism of a house in Clay County.  Casanova is 44-years-old and resides in Middleburg.  Police have accused him of “spray painting Aryan nation graffiti and other comments on a home where Detective David White died during a drug raid in February 2012.”

Ted Arthur Tiley “fatally shot White and wounded partner Matthew Hanlin” in the house located at 4874 Alligator Boulevard in Middleburg FL.  Tiley was shot during the altercation.  Casanova has been accused of vandalizing the house and writing messages all over the house, “including a rest in peace epitaph for Ted Arthur Tilley…. Other markings included swastikas and symbols for the World War II era Nazi SS.”  The house is now vacant.

Casanova was arrested for a felony criminal mischief, because the extent of the damage to the property was $1000 or more.  His bail was set at $25,000, but “he posted his required bond and has been released from jail.”  Criminal mischief is defined in Florida Statute Section 806.13.  It states:

(1)(a) A person commits the offense of criminal mischief if he or she willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another, including, but not limited to, the placement of graffiti thereon or other acts of vandalism thereto.

(b)1. If the damage to such property is $200 or less, it is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

2. If the damage to such property is greater than $200 but less than $1,000, it is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

3. If the damage is $1,000 or greater, or if there is interruption or impairment of a business operation or public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas or power, or other public service which costs $1,000 or more in labor and supplies to restore, it is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

4. If the person has one or more previous convictions for violating this subsection, the offense under subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. for which the person is charged shall be reclassified as a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

According to Jacksonville.com, Casanova has a Florida criminal record in Clay County.  His “criminal record includes at least seven arrests in Clay County.”  He has an arrest for a Florida drug charge.  He was also arrested for driving under the influence which is known as DUI in Florida.  He also has a Florida domestic battery charge on his record.

It appears that “off-duty county firemen painted over the damage using supplies funded by the local fire union.”  Casanova will still be facing serious charges.  He has a FL criminal record that will be used against him.  There is a good chance that the Clay County State Attorney’s Office will seek jail or prison time.  He will need to start working on his defense.  If he does go to trial on this case, I believe that it is questionable as to whether he will receive a fair trial in Clay County.

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