ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A former Flagler Beach police officer charged with attempted murder of a Flagler County firefighter in a March 2013 alleged road rage shooting took a 51-month plea deal on Friday.
Former Flagler Beach police officer Nathaniel Juratovac agreed to serve 51 months in jail and five years of probation for allegedly shooting Jared Parkey twice.
The initial St. Johns County Sheriff's Office offense report said the incident began when Juratovac did a brake check because he felt Parkey, who happens to be a Flagler County Firefighter, was driving too close to his car. Both drivers were driving in an aggressive manner and the report says Parkey allegedly admitted to throwing a water jug at Juratovac's car before the cars pulled off the road.
Jurtovac's attorney Patrick Canan said they wanted to go to trial and use the Stand Your Ground defense, but felt it was too risky because if it did not work, Jurtovac's minimum sentence would have been 25 years.
Family members of Parkey did not comment in court.