State prosecutors recently strengthened their case against several defendants accused of running a “pill mill” in Vero Beach. The Fourth District Court of Appeals overturned an earlier ruling and found police work done by a local sheriff’s deputy outside his jurisdiction was admissible.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 31-year-old man who called in a fake bomb threat to a local elementary school in 2014 was re-sentenced to 10 years in state prison Thursday.
“The defendant showed many indications that he is dangerous,” prosecuting attorney Brian Workman argued during the re-sentencing at the Indian River County Courthouse. “The state needs to be responsible for protecting its citizens.”
Matthew Hawks, of Vero Beach, was initially sentenced to five years probation after the bomb threat, which targeted Vero Beach Elementary school, reports show. In a series of phone calls to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office in April 2014, Hawks said, “No one is going to make it,” authorities said.
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