Martin Lee Anderson's parents say justice has finally been served.
Hillsborough State Attorney and Special Prosecutor Mark Ober met with Gina Jones and Robert Anderson in Panama City Tuesday morning to tell them he was charging seven former boot camp guards and a nurse with aggravated manslaughter for the death of their son at the Bay County Boot Camp.
The boy collapsed at the camp 11 months ago while a video camera captured the guards allegedly beating on the boy, he died the next morning. A second autopsy by a Hillsborough County medical examiner showed the 14-year-old died of suffocation due to the actions of the guards, different from the results of an initial autopsy that said Anderson's death was caused by a complication of a sickle cell trait.
The family said they were not expecting the charges to come down and had feared the guards would "get away with it." The family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, said Tuesday afternoon during a press conference in Tallahassee, the steps taken by Ober is not only a justice for Martin Lee Anderson, but for humanity.
Robert Anderson said, "I just want to say a brick has been lifted off my shoulders tonight and I'll finally get some rest."
Gina Jones added right after, "Today is a good day for me. I'm finally getting justice for my baby."