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HCSO’s Law Enforcement Intelligence Nexus Center or LINC help send two men to Florida State Prison for decades.
Berrien, Darius Darel DOB: 06/30/88
1517 University Woods Place
Tampa, FL 33613
CHARGES: 45 Violent Felony Offenses- Sentenced 95 years + to Florida State Prison
Holmes, Askia Jahbreel DOB: 02/20/85
910 Delany Circle #202
Brandon, FL 33511
CHARGES: 44 Violent Felony Offenses- Sentenced 30 years to Florida State Prison
Two Violent Criminals Sentenced To Over 100 Years Behind Bars
Often when a crime occurs in Hillsborough County a detective is assigned the case, however when those detectives need help solving that crime or focusing on career criminal prosecutions, they reach out to HCSO’s Law Enforcement Intelligence Nexus Center or LINC.
The LINC is a group of veteran detectives and civilian analytical personnel who gather intelligence from every corner of the agency whether it’s information from a patrol deputy’s encounter with a suspicious person or an anonymous call from a citizen.
Detectives then use that information and develop a model of risk assessment and risk management. This intelligence-led policing or ILP model is the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s plan for a strategic, future-oriented and targeted approach to crime control. The LINC personnel focus upon the identification, analysis and management of persisting and developing problems and stopping them before they have a chance to occur. The final step in this process is to work the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office following every step of the prosecution to help ensure a successful conviction in court.
On 04/07/09, Darius Berrien and Askia Holmes were arrested for several home invasion robberies throughout Tampa, Temple Terrace, and unincorporated Hillsborough County. The District II Intelligence Unit identified Mr. Berrien and Mr. Holmes as prolific violent career criminals and notified LINC Detectives. The LINC Detectives made contact with the assigned Hillsborough County State Assistant State Attorney, Kristen Over, and began tracking the two defendants through the entire criminal prosecution.
In January 2010, Askia Holmes lost his first case in court and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was offered a concurrent deal for the remaining cases and accepted. Darius Berrien entered a guilty plea in open court.
On 06/08/10, LINC Detectives attended the sentencing of Mr. Berrien. The defense presented a lengthy hearing to include; two ministers who spoke about Berrien's church attendance as a child and the disadvantage of inner city kids, Berrien's brother who recounted their bad childhood, and a psychologist who conducted a power point presentation of Berrien's disadvantaged life.
ASA Kristen Over then spoke and provided Judge Sleet with an overview of Berrien's crime spree. Two victims appeared and testified.
The first victim was a young woman in a Tampa Police Department case who testified that during her home invasion, Holmes and Berrien made her get naked and lie on the bed.
The second victim was an older woman, testified how Holmes and Berrien attacked her husband in his walker and broke his hip. She explained to the judge how her husband never recovered from the injury and subsequently died ten days before the hearing.
Judge Sleet was not moved by the defense attorney's presentation and sentenced Berrien to 95 years FSP on each charge, to run concurrent. Several of the charges with 10 year minimum mandatories, he ordered to run consecutive. Berrien's minimum mandatory prison time was between 70 - 80 years.