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Fourth defendant in robbery sentenced to 15 years

By Staff | Mar 14, 2012

The last person out of a group of four accused of robbing a Cape Coral man of $230 last year while armed with handguns was sentenced to prison.

Brian Scott Pynes, 30, of 423 State St., North Fort Myers, was found guilty last week of burglary of dwelling, robbery and possession of firearm by felon, along with two counts of aggravated assault, according to official records.

Pynes received 15 years in state prison.

“We are pleased with this resolution,” Samantha Syoen, the spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday.

She added that Pynes was sentenced as a prison releasee re-offender.

Assistant state attorney Lanna Belohlavek prosecuted the case.

Defense attorney James Ermacora represented Pynes.

“I thought it was a fair sentence considering his situation,” he said.

According to Ermacora, the state was arguing sentence enhancements, including that Pynes was a prison releasee re-offender, a habitual felony offender and habitual violent felony offender, unlike his co-defendants.

“Mr. Pynes was in a different situation than the rest,” he said.

At least two of his original charges were punishable by life in prison.

“If it had gone to trial and he was convicted, the judge would have had to have sentenced him to life,” Ermacora said.

In July, a man was making plans at his home, located in the 1800 block of Southeast Fifth Place, to go out for the night with a woman, Jessica Niccole Wright, 28, of 3340 South Road, North Fort Myers, according to officials.

Wright left stating that she had to pick up a few friends at a pool hall and would return. The man was waiting in his garage when he saw a vehicle that looked like Wright’s vehicle drive slowly past and stop just down the block.

The man called out for Wright, but he got no answer.

A man armed with a handgun and wearing a bandana over his mouth came around the side of the home and entered the garage. The victim ran inside and yelled for his mother and her boyfriend to call 911. The man followed.

The robber demanded money and the man threw $500 on the ground. The robber picked up about $230, and the victim noticed that a second man was present. The man was pointing a handgun at his mother and her boyfriend.

The robbers then fled in the vehicle that looked like Wright’s vehicle.

Cape police located a matching vehicle on Santa Barbara Boulevard within a mile of the victims’ home. They followed the vehicle over the Midpoint Bridge before conducting a traffic stop near Colonial Boulevard and Deleon Street.

Pynes and Wright were taken into custody and charged.

The other occupants of the vehicle charged in connection to the robbery were Kevin Jerome Bryant, 25, of 4026 Winkler Ave., Apt. 105, Fort Myers, and D’andre Maurice Jemerson, 19, of 4560 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers.

In January, Wright was found guilty of larceny grand theft $300 less than $5,000. She was sentenced to two years in prison and two years probation. The state did not prosecute on burglary and aggravated assault charges.

Last month, Bryant received one year in prison, followed by one year of probation, after he was found guilty of accessory after the fact to robbery. Burglary, robbery and aggravated assault charges were not prosecuted.

Also in February, Jemerson was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for two counts of aggravated assault possess a firearm. The state did not prosecute on the charges of burglary and robbery, records state.