'Young gun' gets 48 years in prison for role in murder when he was 17

A man who was just 17 when he participated in the murder and robbery of another man, whose body was found in a burning car near DeLand, was sentenced to 48 years in prison, according to a press release from the State Attorney’s Office.

Cameron Lane, now 20, entered no contest pleas to one charge each of second-degree murder (firearm) and robbery with a firearm during a hearing last week. Circuit Judge Randell Rowe III adjudicated him guilty and sentenced him to the 48 years in state prison.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, the judge could have sentenced Lane from between 35 and 50 years. The plea agreement calls for a sentencing review after 15 years in prison.

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Lane and Zachariah Sanders, 25, both of DeLand, and Fredryonna Grimes, 20, of Lake Helen, were each indicted on a charge of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in the killing of Jarius Cook, 21, on March 19, 2020. The cases against Sanders and Grimes remain open.

Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle fire and found Cook dead in the driver’s seat. But it was not the fire that killed Cook. He had been shot in the head and neck.

Lane and Grimes were also involved in a separate shooting in DeLand about a month later. They were each sentenced to 20 years in prison on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in that case as part of plea bargains.

Lane’s sentences in both cases will run concurrent.

On May 20, 2020, a witness came forward and told sheriff’s office investigators that they saw Lane and his two co-defendants shoot Cook and then go through the vehicle’s trunk, according to the release. The witness' account was corroborated by evidence not released to the public, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

“The defendant’s young gun violence constituted a reign of terror upon the people of DeLand. He – along with other young guns – murdered one man and then attempted to murder another,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza stated in the release. “Such vicious violence – by such young individuals – plagues our neighborhoods and communities and threatens to turn them into war zones. Thank God that law enforcement was able to identify and arrest him and his cohorts before they could strike again.”

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Florida man sentenced to 48 years for role in DeLand murder, robbery