Floyd gets 15 years

Published 9:31 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

An order handed down Monday to revoke the probation of Cedric Floyd means the Atmore man will serve the balance of a 15-year prison term, with time already served taken into account.



According to Circuit Judge Bert Rice, Floyd, who is in jail awaiting a capital murder trial, was also on probation for convictions on charges of rape, sodomy and criminal mischief, all in the first degree. Monday, Rice revoked that probation.

“He had received 15-year sentences on each of those charges and he had served some time, but had made probation,” Rice said. “I revoked him to serve the balance of the 15 years. The cases run concurrent with each other, so it is really a 15-year sentence and not 45. He gets credit for time already served.”

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Floyd has spent two years detained in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton after being arrested in 2011 for allegedly shooting to death Tina Roshell Jones at her home in Atmore.

Earlier this month, Floyd escaped a possible life sentence for promoting prison contraband in the first degree, when he was convicted of the crime in the third degree – a misdemeanor offense carrying only a one-year sentence.

The contraband charges centered around whether or not Floyd’s possession of a cell phone while incarcerated was being used as a means to escape custody – which he did in 2012. Floyd was recaptured the next day in Pensacola.

Floyd’s cases are currently being prosecuted by district attorney offices from outside Escambia County after Rice dismissed the Escambia County DA’s office from the case due to charges that officials in the office came into contact with correspondence between the defendant and his lawyers while Floyd was on the run during his brief escape last year. Floyd’s attorneys initially requested the charges against their client be completely dismissed – a motion denied by Rice.

Although a trial date has not been set for Floyd’s murder case, Rice said a September court appearance  has been set.

Floyd will await his trial in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on no bond.