Woman Convicted of Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
Five women and one man of a Bay County jury convicted Reikia Blakely on Wednesday of battering two officers during a violent episode at a Panama City Beach bar.
Assistant State Attorney Barbie Beasley told jurors in her opening statement that Blakely, 22, 3908 Ocean View Dr., suckerpunched Robert Knight while he was standing in line for a hotdog at a Thomas Drive bar the night of Aug. 11, 2012. Knight and Blakely had an ongoing dispute, and after the hit Blakely was restrained by a bouncer. Knight asked for law enforcement to be called.
Sheriff's Cpl. Jason Larson arrested Blakely and put her in the back of his cruiser, where she began kicking the door. Larson and Dep. Jordan Brock then tried to secure Blakely's legs, but while trying to get her under control she kicked Larson three times in the chest and Brock once in the mouth. Blakely then spit on Brock several times as she was being driven to the jail.
Blakely was convicted of battery for the hit on Knight, kicks to Larson and Brock and spitting on Brock.
Battery on a law enforcement officer is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The battery on Knight was a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet scheduled sentencing for Oct. 7.
Information provided by the State Attorney's Office
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