Cape man sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder
Justus Divine Pierce, the 20-year-old that was found guilty of attempted homicide last month, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Margaret Steinbeck.
In April of 2017, Pierce was arrested for two counts of attempted second degree murder, and one count of shooting at/into a building or an occupied vehicle.
Pierce was sought by Cape Coral Police following a violent stalking incident in April 2017.
He drove past a home off of Hancock Bridge Parkway three times. Then, after flashing and pointing a gun his first two trips by the residence, Pierce opened fire at two men on his third pass by.
One of the victims got away on foot. The other fled in his own vehicle, only to be chased around the city by Pierce.
Upon speeding from the scene, the victim saw Pierce holding what he believed to be a rifle with a magazine or clip coming from the bottom and became in fear for his life, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The victim then called Cape Coral Police while leading his assailant towards the department headquarters. He was met by officers and detectives near the station for his safety.
Pierce, realizing his proximity to the police station, broke-off his pursuit.
The Major Crimes Unit’s subsequent investigation led to Pierce’s arrest. He was taken into custody the next day by the Cape Coral Police Department’s U.S. Marshals Task Force liaison detective.
Local law enforcement heralded the sentencing term.
“This result is the culmination of the tremendous effort by investigators and prosecutors. We are pleased that the citizens of Cape Coral can sleep a bit safer tonight, knowing this individual will not be back out on the streets,” said Lt. Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department spokesperson.