Jury finds Strong guilty in fellow inmate's murder

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A six-member jury found Raymond Strong guilty of second-degree murder for killing fellow inmate, Kevin Parker, at Holmes Correctional Institution in April 2020.

Parties in the case agreed to move into the sentencing portion immediately after the verdict was handed down Thursday afternoon.

Late in the evening, Circuit Judge Russell S. Roberts handed Strong a life sentence. Roberts will recommend Strong be placed in either Volusia or Hillsborough County to be close to his children.

While Strong represented himself pro se in the case, State Attorney Ben Keown laid out the facts of the case for the state.

According to the arrest affidavit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, video surveillance showed Strong and Qwantas Johnson engaged in an altercation with Parker in the common area of their prison dorm.

At the end of the footage, Strong and Johnson are seen walking away from Parker who is left lying on the stairs not moving.

Parker was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso and pronounced dead.

Check back for The Advertiser’s full story on the trial.

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