Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Spring Break Shooting

David Jamichael Daniels
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By: Associated Press
March 18, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- An Alabama man has received seven life sentences for the shooting and wounding of seven people at a Florida house party during spring break last year.

The Panama City News Herald reports that 22-year-old David Jamichael Daniels was sentenced Friday. He was convicted in January of seven counts of attempted murder as well as shooting into an occupied building.

A defense attorney argued that the injuries sustained by the victims didn't warrant a life sentence for Daniels.

The shooting prompted Panama City Beach officials to pass a series of emergency ordinances cracking down on the raucous party atmosphere that draws thousands of college and high school students each spring. The Panhandle town has long been known as a major spring break destination.

UPDATE (1:12 PM): Press Release from Bay County Sheriff's Office
March 28, 2015

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple 911 calls at 12:55 a.m. this morning in reference to a shooting at 5312 Thomas Drive.

Deputies and investigators with the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the chaotic scene to find seven shooting victims. Three victims were found in the home, one in front of the house, one in the median of Thomas Drive, and two across the street from the home.

EMS responded to quickly treat and transport victims.

Several of the victims are students at Alabama A&M University visiting Panama City Beach for Spring Break.

The victims were identified as: Kearria Freed, age 20, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the head and remains in critical condition; Anesia Powell, age 20, was shot in the left arm, chest, and knee; Devanta Moore, age 21, was shot in the chest; Jacole Young, age 22, was shot in the back three times; Kelli Curry, age 21, was shot in the leg; Tykeria Ethridge, age 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the neck and shoulder; Henton Franklin age 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was shot in the side.

Latest update on the condition of the victims is as follows: Powell is now in surgery at a local hospital: Freed, Moore, and Franklin remain hospitalized in critical condition; Young,Curry, and Etheridge remain hospitalized in stable condition.

A description of the suspect was developed and disseminated. Responding units set a perimeter around the residence and a black male matching the description of the suspect was quickly located and detained at Beach Drive and Hurt Street. Witnesses to the shooting confirmed the subject was the shooter and he was identified as David Jamichael Daniels, a black male, age 22, of Mobile, Alabama.

A 40 caliber handgun matching the description of the one used in the shooting was recovered in the back yard of a residence on Beach Drive.

David Jamichael Daniels has been charged with seven counts of Attempted Murder and is currently in the Bay County Jail awaiting first appearance today.

This was the sixth firearm related call of the evening. In one incident a firearm was discharged inside a condominium. Four firearms were seized in drug related cases.

Assisting agencies were the Florida Highway Patrol, Panama City Beach Police Department, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.


March 28, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Bay County Sheriff's Officials confirm seven people were shot early Saturday morning near Gulf Drive on Thomas Drive.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen says some of the people are of college age.

One person is in custody, and the possible weapon is also in custody with police.

Bay County Sheriff officials are working along with Panama City Beach Police, the Walton County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Highway Patrol at the scene.

We will keep you updated as soon as more details are made available.

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