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A tragic court case just got a lot worse for everyone involved in Polk County, Florida. In a press conference on Tuesday, Sheriff Grady Judd announced that local mother Suzette Penton had died from injuries suffered in a vehicular attack.
The attempted murder charge against the 18-year-old suspected driver, Elijah Stansell, was changed to first-degree murder.
Me & My Baby…Still hard to believe he is so much taller than me!
Elder Stansell is identified at the Westwood Missionary Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida as Director of ABA Disaster Relief, which is how his son had access to the maintenance van on that fateful day when police claim Elijah Stansell picked up three friends with the intention of “handling” a “ongoing dispute” between the son of Penton, Hunter, and his ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Stone, who was 15 and who was 15.
In Polk City, which Judd said is a community of about 1,500 people, Penton lived and died.
She was 52 years old.
Murder Charge Full Details
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Raven Sutton and 14-year-old Hannah Eubank were also along for the ride and to face Hunter in the van. The four teenagers turned up at Penton’s house to battle Hunter, and they parked nearby, according to Judd, and waited for Penton to leave. The party made their move when she did.
Look 😳 He caught the shell in the air…Good thing he was far away from me 😂❤️🔫
Penton and her younger son had just gone to the supermarket, and when she came home, she found Hunter being beaten inside her house by the two boys in the party. Stone, Sutton, and Eubank took off and Penton began taking pictures of the van that was parked at her home, according to an arrest affidavit. Stansell did not run away, however, hopping into the van. That’s when Judd said she had been run over by Stansell.
According to Judd, Stansell “runs over her — completely over her. She has tire tracks on her body where he runs totally over her.”
As he ran over Penton, Per Stansell’s arrest affidavit caused the 52-year-old to have a serious brain injury causing a skull fracture and significant brain bleeding, a fractured leg, a left knee ligament injury, and she was swallowing fluid into her lungs.
On December 1, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters that Penton died on November 25, after weeks in critical condition, and the attempted murder charge against Stansell is now being upgraded from attempted murder to first-degree murder.
He is also facing three counts of contributing to a minor’s crime, burglary with assault, and lewd & lascivious battery on a minor for being an 18-year-old having sex with 15-year-old Stone, who according to Judd, has turned 16 since the crime.
As juveniles, the three younger teenagers would be charged with attempted felony murder and assault robbery because they ended up chasing Hunter inside his home when he tried to get away from his assailants.