Judge Orders Mental Health Assessment Of Teen Charged With Adult In Murder Of Real Estate Broker
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida –A Broward County judge on Thursday ordered a mental health assessment of the 15-year-old boy accused of kidnapping and killing a real estate broker in a $ 1,000 armed robbery on February 1 in Fort Lauderdale.
Henry Lee Lewis turned 15 on December 19. His public defender hinted that if the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Broward County Public School System for Distinguished Students had done their jobs, a tragedy could have been avoided.
Before Lewis was charged with killing Stefano Barbosa, 37, another Broward County judge ruled him incompetent and ordered him to go to a youth camp for mental health treatment – but no one did follow up to make sure he was doing it, Lewis’s public defender said. .
The Florida Department of Children and Families did not ensure Lewis attended youth camp and Broward County Public Schools did not respond to his truancy at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach, the public defender said.
“This young person’s problems are so great that they need treatment, help and services beyond what the juvenile justice system can provide now,” said Tuesday. Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor in a statement after announcing Lewis was charged as an adult.
Lewis faces charges of second degree murder and armed robbery in the adult system. He was so upset that he was first charged with armed robbery at the age of 12.
If his case were to be treated as a juvenile matter, he would have to be released from the juvenile justice system at the age of 18, Pryor said. The maximum length of residential treatment available in the juvenile justice system is 36 months prior to release.
“Any charge of a minor would mean that the person would be released after three years in the system and could only be kept under surveillance in the community until the age of 21,” Pryor said.
According to Detective Orlando Almanzar of Fort Lauderdale, surveillance footage shows Lewis kidnapped Barbosa around 4:20 p.m. on February 1 outside a house along Northwest 15th Terrace, between Northwest Seventh Street and Sistrunk Boulevard, according to records. .
According to his obituary, Barbosa was born in Campinas, Brazil, graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 2001, and received two bachelor’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University. The real estate agent had just become a broker.
Barbosa was 6ft 1in tall and had some jiu-jitsu practice. Lewis is 5 feet 5 inches and 140 pounds. Lewis was holding a gun, police said. Barbosa did not retaliate when Lewis ordered him to get back into his BMW, police said.
Lewis ordered him to make two withdrawals of $ 500 around 4:40 p.m. at a Bank of America ATM on Sistrunk Boulevard and Northwest Sixth Avenue, records show. According to Almanzar, Lewis was in the front passenger seat when he shot Barbosa.
Officers found Barbosa dead at 500 NW 19th Ave. The BMW rolled over a chain-link fence and crashed into a palm tree in front of a house. Lewis got out of the car, records show. Surveillance video shows him running on Northwest 18th Avenue, police said.
Detectives said confidential informants helped identify the teenager. Officers therefore arrested him on unrelated charges on February 4 and seized his cell phone, records show. On February 12, detectives visited Cross Creek School and met witnesses who confirmed his identity.
According to Almanzar, the internal cell phone timeline confirmed Lewis was at the bank and at the crash site on February 1. Records show he also revealed that on February 2, the phone user searched for a story from Local10.com: “Repeatedly Shot Man Crashes Car In Front Yard Of Fort Lauderdale Home Before Dying. “
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