Gadsden County Man Sentenced Following Plea Deal

By: WCTV Eyewitness News Email
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By: Lanetra Bennett
December 2, 2015

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. -- A Gadsden County man is set to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend, Latoya Maine.

Troumaine Harris avoided the death penalty by taking a plea deal.

"He will be adjudicated guilty, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole," Judge Barbara Hobbs announced in court Wednesday.

Troumaine Harris showed little reaction as the judge handed down his sentence.

His ex-girlfriend's parents say they finally have closure.

Joanne Washington, Latoya’s mother, said, "That's what I wanted to hear. My heart just got lifted from all of this stress."

Latoya’s grandmother, Gloria Thomas, said, "The family, we felt that from day one that he did it."

Harris was accused of killing 22-year-old Latoya Maine in 2013. Her body was found near a burned car in a wooded area in Havana.

Latoya’s father Samuel said, "It was real tough on me. It was a lot of heartaches, a lot of crying, shedding tears. I'm still shedding tears about it. I love my daughter and I miss her."

At one point during the sentencing hearing Wednesday, Harris jerked on his handcuffs.

Harris seemed to get upset after Judge Barbara Hobbs said he wasn't allowed to see his six-year-old daughter.

Latoya’s grandmother said, "I don't think he should've gotten upset, knowing that he cannot see her. He's got to understand his part in this whole situation. To take his child's mother's life, that was heartless, that's cold to me."

Harris' father got emotional while telling the court he wants both families to stay cordial.

"To my son, my only child, I pray for him," Harris’ father said.

Harris could've faced the death penalty had he gone to trial.

Latoya Maine's family had been allowing the couple's daughter to visit with Harris' family. Her family told WCTV today that they'll let the daughter decide when she gets older whether she wants to see her dad.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 2, 2015

QUINCY, Fla. -- A Gadsden County Man has been sentenced after accepting a plea deal in a murder trial.

Troumaine Harris has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Harris pleaded no contest to first degree murder on Monday.

Harris was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Latoya Maine, in September 2013. Her body was found next to her burned car in a wooded area near Havana, Florida.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 1, 2015

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. -- A Gadsden County man has accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

Troumaine Harris pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges Monday, the day before testimony was set to start in his trial.

Harris' lawyer says the plea means Harris will avoid the death penalty and be sentenced to life in prison.

Harris was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Latoya Maine, in September 2013. Her body was found next to her burned car in a wooded area near Havana, Florida.

Formal sentencing is set for Wednesday.


News Release: State Attorney's Office: Second Judicial Office
March 19, 2014

Gadsden Co., Fla. -- A Gadsden County grand jury returned a first degree murder indictment today against Troumaine Harris, 23, of Havana, FL.

On the morning of September 10, 2013 the burnt remains of Latoya Maine, 22, were found next to her burnt car near McNair Road north of Havana. Police were investigating a missing persons report filed by her family earlier that day.

The death by multiple sharp force trauma was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office. Maine and Harris have a child together but were no longer a couple.

Maine was last seen on the evening of September 9, 2013 and told her family she was on her way to see Harris to pick up money for their child. Harris denied involvement but was found with burns to his face and hands.

DNA on items of evidence found at the scene and in Harris’ home linked him to the crime. Harris is set to be arraigned on the indictment on April 8, 2014


By Matt Galka
September 12, 2013

Havana, FL - The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WCTV that Troumaine Harris is the primary suspect in the murder investigation of Latoya Maine.

Maine's body was found in the woods off of McNair Rd. in Havana on Tuesday.

Maine's family told WCTV they were waiting for her to return for a barbecue on Monday. She had told them she was going to pick up child support money from Harris, her ex boyfriend. They never saw her again.

GCSO arrested Harris for violating a no-contact order with Maine but have yet to charge him for murder.

It was hard for Maine's sister, Frederica Harrison, to find the words about the loss of her loved one on Thursday.

"I was the first one to really find out about the scene, I just got in my car and started driving. I saw where the ambulance was and thought 'oh God that's my sister, that's Toya," she said.

In 2009, Harris was arrested and sentenced to three years for assaulting Maine. Maine was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with knife wounds on her body at the time.

Her family is now left with only her memory.

"She was a sweet loving person, she'd give you her last. I'm so speechless right now I really can't say too much," said Harrison.


Gadsden County Sheriff's Office

September 11, 2013

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, has positively identified the person reported missing since the evening hours of Monday, September 9th, 2013 as the person found deceased near a burned vehicle in a wooded area off of McNair Road in Havana, Florida.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at approximately 11:45, two men who were attending to property off of McNair Road discovered the body and vehicle as they entered the property.

During an autopsy today, tattoos and piercings helped authorities identify 21 year old Latoya Roshell Maine of Havana, Florida and the case has been deemed a homicide. Maine was an employee at the Tallahassee Development Center and is survived by her only child.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement have identified a suspect, but is still actively investigating leads in this case. The State Fire Marshal’s office is also involved in the investigation.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information regarding the arson of the vehicle and the death of Latoya Roshell Maine, especially in the areas of McNair Road and Ancient Oaks Road in Havana, Florida, to contact us at 850-875-8825 or call Crimestoppers at 850-574-TIPS (8477).


By: Bailey Myers
September 10, 2013

Authorities continue to investigate a suspicious death after human remains were found off a road in Havana.

Eyewitness News has been told by authorities that a young woman's remains were found just a few yards away from McNair Road in Havana Tuesday.

The body way found when the land care keeper was doing a sweep of the property. That's when he spotted something about 500 yards off Mcnair Road. When authorities arrived they discovered the body of what they say is a young woman.

Although they have not declared this a homicide investigation, authorities told Eyewitness News they believe foul play was a factor.

"We are investigating a suspicious death, we have a person of interest at this point, and that's as much as we know right now," said Captain Robert Barkley of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office. "Someone found a body in the woods are we are investigating that at this time."

Authorities say they have made progress in the case and are following leads. We were also told they know the identity of the woman but will not be releasing that information until a full identification has been made.


By: Bailey Myers
September 10, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - Investigators in Gadsden County are currently looking into a suspicious death. The sheriffs office is currently working with FDLE as they investigate a suspicious death in Havana.
It all started when the land care keeper was checking the land and spotted something about 500 yards off Mcnair Road. He contacted authorities and when they arrived they discovered the body.

WCTV has been told by the Sheriffs Office that they believe this person is a young woman. Although the sheriff told me they are pretty sure they know who she is, they explained they will not release that information until a full identification has been made.


September 10, 2013

Havana, FL - The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death in Havana.

Captain Robert Barkley says that a body was found about 500 yards into the woods off of McNair Road between US 27 and Fairbanks Ferry Road.

Right now McNair Road is blocked off.

Captain Barkley says they are looking at a person of interest.

Eyewitness News has a crew on scene. We'll have more information as it becomes available.


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