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Six JSO employees receive disciplinary action in the Perrywinkle case

3:09 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office held a press conference to announce their findings on how Cherish Perrywinkle's case was handled.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt provided information about the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation into JSO's response to the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Cherish Perrywinkle.

Senterfitt announced the disciplinary action taken against six JSO employees as a result of the way the case was handled.

"I'm a little disappointed," said Senterfitt when asked about his officers.

The head of the homicide unit Lt. Rob Schoonover will be suspended for three days without pay and is being reassigned, said Senterfitt.

Sgt. Lonnie Mills received a written reprimand for failure to take appropriate action, including waiting several hours to take advantage of critical resources available to him. He too is being reassigned to another unit.

"I don't think anything any of these people did affected the outcome of the case because I believe people like Donald Smith had already made up their mind what they were going to do," Senterfitt said. "But I also know there were things that should have been done that did not get done so we need to address those."

JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"There will be no further comment from officials at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office regarding the internal affairs case discussed at yesterday's news briefing until the disciplinary process is complete.

"The agency will announce personnel changes resulting from this case at a later date."

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