Woman connected to Club Blu shooting pleads guilty
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A woman connected to shell casings found at the scene of a mass shooting is facing five years in jail after a guilty plea Friday.
Jazmin Challana Barron, 33, of Lehigh Acres, pleaded guilty to lying about her address when purchasing a gun from Lehigh Acres Gun Shop in 2015. Her lawyer, Robert Harris, said she knows nothing about the shooting that claimed the lives of two Fort Myers teens.
“All she knows is that she had a firearm at one time; it went missing. Somewhere down the line it ended up in somebody’s hands that we don’t know — an unknown person who used it in the Club Blu shooting,” Harris said.
Ste’fan Strawder, 18, and Sean Archilles, 14, were gunned down in July after attending a summer bash at Club Blu. More than a dozen other teens were injured in the parking lot when at least one gunman opened fire.
Five years behind bars is the maximum sentence for what Harris called Barron’s “paperwork error.”
“We believe that the reluctant firearm dealer asked her to put her driver’s license address down on the form,” he said.
But the problem was that Barron no longer lived at the listed address.
“That was 17 months before the Club Blu shooting. She had no idea that this gun was going to get mixed up with anything,” Harris said.
No suspects have been identified in the fatal shooting.
Harris said those questioning whether Barron is trying to protect a gunman should consider that she was upfront with other identification information.
“Why would she give the wrong address on that form? The answer is someone asked her to put that address on the form,” he said. “She gave her name, she gave her Social Security number. She wasn’t trying to hide her identity. The only difference is she gave the wrong address. That’s all.”
Barron’s misplaced gun is ruining her life, Harris said.
“This is a woman with no criminal record, works for a living, who has a child, is a single mom. She does the right things in the world. Her life’s been kind of torn to shreds. It’s torn her apart,” he said.