FORT MYERS, Fla.- On Thursday September 15, 2011 a Lee County jury found Pasqual Rentas, 39, of Fort Myers, guilty of murder. More than two years ago, on January 17, 2009 the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a shooting at 2909 Blount Street. Upon arrival police found Eugene Brown, 31, of that address, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he died. Police arrested Rentas for Second Degree Murder with a Firearm. Investigators learned Rentas was involved in a dispute with another person and when Brown tried to intervene Rentas shot him.
The trial began earlier this week and after hearing evidence in the case, jurors deliberated just five hours before reaching the guilty verdict. Chief Doug Baker says the success of the investigation and convictionis due to the hard work put forth by detectives and prosecutors, along with the willingness of witnesses to come forward to provide information and testify at the trial.
“This is a perfect example of what can be done when law enforcement and citizens work together. This is why we continually ask for community assistance and involvement. We can only be as successful as the community allows us to be and active participation will provide justice for our community,” Chief Baker said.