One of the suspects in the Blind Rabbit homicide from 2015 has pleaded guilty on all charges Thursday morning.
Devonte Hanford, 22, entered a plea of guilty on all charges for his role in the 2015 murder of 20-year-old Daniel Rowe.
Rowe’s mother was sobbing quietly in the courtroom as the plea was made.
Daniel’s father also addressed the courtroom during the hearing.
“My son won’t see his daughters graduate or get married. Daniel’s fiancé and his children had to move six hours away to escape this nightmare,” his father said. “Daniel could have been a top chef but now we’ll never know.”
Back in 2015, someone stole Rowe’s wallet and shot him twice in the head while he was taking out the trash behind the Blind Rabbit in Riverside. Police said that two men were seen running from the area.
The other suspect, Erron Coleman, previously pleaded guilty to robbery and second-degree murder in this case. He was arrested in July 2016, nearly one year after Rowe’s death. Hanford was arrested nearly two years after.
Stay with First Coast News as we continue to follow this developing story.