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James Griffin, Jr. in Custody in Manatee County

Post Date:03/11/2019 1:34 PM

UPDATE - March 11, 2019 - 3 p.m.

James Griffin, Jr, 17, has turned himself into the Juvenile Assessment Center in Manatee County.  This center is part of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  Griffin turned himself in shortly before 2 p.m. today, March 11, 2019.

Sarasota Police Detectives have probable cause for the arrest of Griffin following the death of a 17-year-old in the 1700 block of Gregg Court, Sarasota, on Sunday morning before 12:30 a.m.  Griffin is facing felony charge of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.

The identity of the victim in this case remains protected under Florida’s Marsy’s Law, Article 1, Section 16, of the Florida Constitution.  The family has also requested the victim’s identity remain protected until further notice.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  When additional information can be released, the Sarasota Police Department will pass it along.

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Sarasota Police Detectives have developed probable cause for the arrest of James Griffin, Jr. following the death of a 17-year old in the 1700 block of Gregg Court, Sarasota, over the weekend.

Griffin, 17, is facing charges of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.  A juvenile pick up order has been obtained.  Griffin is considered armed and dangerous.

The victim’s identity in this case is protected under Florida’s Marsy’s Law, Article 1, Section 16 of the Florida Constitution.  The family has requested the victim’s identify remain protected until further notice.

Just before 12:30am Sunday, March 10, 2019, Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of Gregg Court.  When they arrived, the male victim was found dead from a suspected gunshot wound.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives are asking anyone with any information to call Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS.

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Griffin in Custody


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