Inglis Man Convicted of Second Degree Murder

Booking Photo upon arrest in 2016

Booking photo 2-5-19

March 1, 2019
Eric Leonard “Strawberry” Adams (1-13-75) of Inglis was
arrested for felony battery on January 5, 2016. Adams was accused of striking
Barbara Brewster (52 years old) of Inglis during an argument over an unpaid
debt of $40.00 on January 1, 2016. Brewster sustained injuries during the
altercation which ultimately caused her death four days later. The charge of
felony battery was then upgraded to second degree murder. Adams has been held
in custody since this date pending his trial which concluded February 28, 2019. 
The 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office Levy
County Division Chief Glenn Bryan presented the case to the jury comprised of Levy
County citizens during the two day trial. Members of Ms. Brewster’s family;
including her mother, sisters and daughter attended every hearing prior to this
trial in support of Ms. Brewster and the State in this case. The jury
deliberated for approximately 22 minutes before returning with a verdict of
guilty of second degree murder. Circuit Judge William E. Davis immediately
sentenced Adams to life in prison.  
Sheriff McCallum stated that this verdict is a testament to
the expertise, professionalism and teamwork of our personnel working together with
the State Attorney’s Office to bring a successful resolution to this case. As a
result of this teamwork and the sentence of the court, it is my prayer that the
family of Ms. Brewster will be given a sense of comfort and peace.

Chiefland Man Arrested for Sexual Contact with Minor

 

February 27, 2019

 

On February 26, 2019, LCSO deputies responded to a reported
sex abuse incident in the Chiefland area. 
Detectives Mike Wilkinson and Justin Douglas responded to the call.  The investigation revealed that Randall
William Bingaman (5-10-1994) had engaged in multiple sex acts with a victim under
the age of 13.  The detectives developed
probable cause for arrest after multiple interviews and examination of physical
evidence.  The investigation is
continuing and additional charges are possible. 
The victim and family are receiving services through the LCSO Victim
Advocate Office. 

Detective Douglas charged Bingaman with two counts each of
Lewd and Lascivious Battery and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.  He was booked in at the Levy County Detention Center.  Bingaman received his first court appearance
on February 27, 2019.  His combined bond
was set at 1.2 million dollars by Levy County Judge Tim Browning. 

Bingaman was a probationary employee with the School Board
of Levy County and worked in the Food Service Division.  According to School Superintendent Jeff
Edison, the process to terminate Bingaman’s employment has begun.  The evidence uncovered so far indicates that NONE of the alleged incidents
occurred at any Levy County School. 
Both Sheriff McCallum and Superintendent Edison expressed
their sympathies for the victim and families involved.  These cases are extremely regrettable but
must be addressed.  The Sheriff and
Superintendent encourage everyone to pay attention to potential signs of child
victimization and to report any suspicious circumstances to law enforcement or
school administrators. 

Arrest Warrant Captures Burglar

February 25, 2019
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded
to two homes in Inglis on February 21, 2019. These homeowners awoke to discovered
someone entered their property and stole tools along with other items. One of
the homeowner’s had video surveillance in the carport area of their home which captured
images of the burglar and his vehicle. LCSO Patrol Deputies and Detectives from
the Criminal Investigations Division reviewed the video and were able to
positively identify Jacob Benfield (12-28-91) of Inglis, as the suspect.
On February 22, 2019 Detectives located Benfield at 18351 SE
Butler Road in Inglis. Detectives identified the vehicle used in the burglaries
was parked at this home. Inside the vehicle, a white Ford F-150, were items
matching the description of the property stolen from both homes in Inglis the
day before. Detectives also learned the F-150 had been reported stolen to the
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office from the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Inverness on
February 16, 2019.
Benfield was wanted for grand theft from a previously reported
case and was taken into custody. Benfield spoke to Detectives and ultimately confessed
to the burglaries reported the previous day and to the theft of the truck from
Inverness. Benfield was book in at the Levy County Detention Facility and
charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary of a
dwelling, one count of burglary of a conveyance, one count of grand theft and
one count of petit theft. He is being held in lieu of $180,000.00 bond.  

Citizen Tips Help Identify and Capture Robbery Suspect

February 22, 2019
On February 7, 2019 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office issued
a press release and posted the press release to the Levy County Sheriff’s
Office Facebook page asking for our public’s assistance in identifying an armed
robbery suspect. The robbery occurred at the Circle K convenience store located
on US 19 at the intersection of CR 40 in Inglis, Florida on February 2, 2019.
Traditional investigative techniques did not immediately identify the suspect
and the community’s help was needed.
Citizen tips were received by LCSO Detectives based on this
request. These tips allowed Detectives to secure an arrest warrant for the
suspect identified as William F. Druback (6-29-95) from the City of Orlando. This
suspect may not have been identified had it not been for the alert citizens
willing to call and report what they had seen.
Additional leads directed detectives to a location on West
River Road in Citrus County where Durback was suspected to be living. LCSO
Detective met with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and through their
investigation detectives were able to recover evidence of the crime.
Detectives learned Durback had returned to his home in
Orlando during this phase of the investigation. Detectives sent this
information to the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force
(RFTF).  RFTF Agents located Durback in
Orlando and while executing the LCSO robbery arrest warrant, Durback fled on
foot. Durback was arrested after a brief foot pursuit.
LCSO Detectives traveled to Orlando and met with members of
the Orlando Police Department Robbery Unit. Detectives secured search warrants
for Durback’s home and the vehicle used in the robbery and recovered more
evidence, further confirming Durback committed the armed robbery at the Circle
K in Inglis.
Durback was booked in at the Orange County Department of the
Jail on the Levy County robbery warrant where he is being held on a $250,000.00
bond. Durback will be transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility at a
later date where he will be held until trial.
Sheriff McCallum said the media and our Levy County Citizens
were instrumental in the successful outcome of this investigation. Sheriff
McCallum wishes to thank all of his personnel, the citizens, the Citrus County
Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department and the Fugitive Task Force for
their assistance.

AT&T Wireless Subscribers – 911 Interruption

February 15, 2019
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by
AT&T and told only AT&T wireless service to 911 emergency calls has
been interrupted. This interruption has affected all of Levy County. AT&T
wireless subscribers who call 911 from their mobile device will be
automatically re-routed to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line.
What this means is the operator answering your call will not
know your call is an emergency. All emergency calls will be immediately transferred
into our emergency communications center. The emergency operator will not have
access to your phone number or location when you call. Be prepared to provide
this information to the 911 operator.
Please be patient with our Communication Center operators as
this is not a problem we have control over. AT&T has assured the Levy
County Sheriff’s Office this issue is being worked on and a resolution to this issue
is expected soon.  
We thank you for your understanding.