Family Fortune Buys Psycho Killer Out Of Prison

3 Jun

Ryan LeVin walking out of jail

More than two years ago, wealthy heir Ryan LeVin plowed his white Porsche into two British tourists while speeding wildly on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, killing them both.

LeVin, now 36, fled the scene and repeatedly lied to authorities before they finally arrested him and charged him with two counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene last year. Today, he bought his way out of prison.

The severity of his crimes called for at least a 30-year sentence. But Broward Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy today sentenced LeVin — who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to today’s court testimony — to two years house arrest, 1,000 hours community service, and ten years probation after he pleaded to killing the two men —  Craig Elford, 39, and Kenneth Watkinson, 48.

The families of Elford and Watkinson agreed to the incredibly light sentence in exchange for a piece of the LeVin fortune. The families, who are in England, said okay to confidential settlement with LeVin’s family, which runs a jewelry sales company called Jewels By Park Lane, that pays them a total of $4 million, according to a Local 10 source. In exchange for the money they agreed not to pursue the prison time.

Prosecutor Stephanie Newman, on behalf of the families, asked McCarthy to give LeVin, who also managed to escape severe punishment for serious brushes with the law in Illinois, a seemingly light sentence of ten years in prison. But the judge instead followed defense attorney David Bogenschutz’s request for no prison time at all.

Bogenschutz said after the sentence was handed down that the experience was a “real eye-opener” for LeVin and that he’d “learned his lesson.”

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27 Responses to “Family Fortune Buys Psycho Killer Out Of Prison”

  1. irvingfeiner June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Well at least the judge didnt award him a new white porsche.

    • All That Glitters..... June 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Irving..Go to local10.co to get to Bob’s new Blog

  2. Death Frog 3 June 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    FUCK!?

    • irvingfeiner June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

      Can we say f%#&k here? I been trying to clean up my language a little over here. Figured Bob got his 90 day probationary period. I didnt want him to get into any trouble over any crude bullshit I write.

      • Death Frog 3 June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

        Bob said “shit” in one of his articles so I figured I’d channel my inner Lewis Black.

        And really, reading this story is there any more appropriate response?

  3. augusta June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I wonder how LeVin sleeps….or if his dreams replay that incident over and over and over…..

    • Independent Man June 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      I’m sure he doesn’t give a shit. Although I wish that upon him for eternity.

    • bill s June 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

      sociopaths like this guy have no regard for anyone but themselves. he sleeps like a baby.

    • unowho!!! June 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      @Augusta You are` joking right???

  4. localesq June 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Well that should restore our faith in our judiciary

  5. Bobbi June 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Isn’that the way it is in the world we have created?Money is the only unit of measuring anything – nothing has a higher value, not honesty, not integrity, not faith, not compassion, not love and most certainly, not human life!>!>!>!

  6. Independent Man June 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Impeach McCarthy. When is her term up.

  7. Independent Man June 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Notice this arrogant asshole didn’t even wear a tie and coat to court. Just another casual day. That says it all.

  8. Larry Reimer June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    I said on Bob’s Blog – from the very beginning of this case – that it smelled of a “Federally Protected Drug Informant” – and now, over TWO years later, this outcome PROVES it!!

  9. Bubba The Wise June 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Thank goodness justice prevailed in this case. What if he had killed 3 people? Is the price 2 million per head. What is happening in our “justice” system. It is sheer madness.

  10. btan June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Schizophrenic? I don’t buy it. Who was the psychologist who did the eval/offered testimony?

    And what pull does Bogenschutz have? I don’t get it. I can understand (almost) the family getting bought off – but why did the judge agree to Bogenschutz’s request and not the prosecutor’s? On what grounds??

  11. unowho!!! June 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Bogenshutz said after the sentence was handed down that it was a “real eye opener” and that he had “learned his lesson” …. Bogey must have been given a good bonus for that remark!!!

    • unowho!!! June 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      “Parkland Man” for POTUS (President Of The United States):)

      • Your Liver June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

        He can see Uranus from his porch!

  12. Virgil Starkwell June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    So, as I have been positing now on Mr. Norman’s blog for over 18 months, the wealthy(generally speaking)are the cause of many of our nation’s ills.

    They are the primary cause of the collapse of the financial system, the primary cause of our economic condition, and as we see here, they subvert justice on a regular basis.

    In a democratic society, there should never be a scenario where the “justice system” allows some wealthy pig to buy his way out of prison for such a horrible crime.

    How often will I–and my views– be vindicated?

    • Bubba The Wise June 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      I hope you don’t hurt yourself, patting yourself on the back. I have seen your posts over the last 18 months and although I agree with a lot of your comments, your sheer egotism is a real turnoff. You are driving towards a “Timmy” reputation. As was posted earlier, even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

      • Virgil Starkwell June 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        Just stating the facts….”Bubba”. ; )

    • All That Glitters..... June 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      Virgil…Go to local10.com toget to Bob’s new Blog

  13. Jay Hurley Cock Reference Guy June 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Hey, WTF? I got 30 days for just saying cock? Pfft…wish i had a jew-lrey buisness.

  14. anonymous June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    This has to be overturned, or this will be the biggest injustice to ever hit Ft. Lauderdale. This guy is a psychopath and people need to be outraged. When contacting Cook County with a public records request, it was 64 pages of criminal behavior, and that’s only what he was CAUGHT for. It’s been reported that he’s responsible for his own niece’s death, which wasn’t accidental. He ran over a cop, drove people off the road in a road incident in Illinois, the list goes on. He is crazy, and who do we call? He is dangerous and this is the scariest thing a judge has done yet. OMG. Forget the money he bought his freedom with, he absolutely cannot be in society.

  15. Death Frog 3 June 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    New Blog is up on Channel 10 page same URL as this one but the double scroll bar and all of that are gone and the comments are the disqus platform

  16. Corruption June 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Case Summary Broward County Case Number: 08013026CF10A State Reporting Number: 062008CF013026A88810
    Court Type: Felony Case Type: Felony
    Filing Date: 07/10/2008 Case Status: Disposed – Probation
    Court Location: Central Courthouse Judge ID / Name: Luzzo – FI, John T
    Magistrate ID / Name: N/A BCCN: 0738695

    Style: State of Florida Vs. Adderley, Eleanor

    Party Detail
    Party Type Party Name Sex Race D.O.B. Attorneys / BarID
    Denotes Lead Attorney
    Attorney Bogenschutz, J David

    Attorney Buschel, Robert

    Bond Company A Aabbott/Cathy Bail Bond
    Bond Insurance Company International Fidelity Insurance
    Defendant Adderley, Eleanor Female Black 06/10/1963
    State State of Florida

    Future Scheduled Hearings
    There is no key date information available for this case.

    Charge Detail
    Select Charge Charge Status Offense Date Statute Description Filed On Filed By
    1 Disposition Entered 07/08/2008 784.021 Aggravated Assault w/Firearm 08/11/2008 Plantation PD
    2 Disposition Entered 07/08/2008 790.19 Shoot In Occupied Dwell 08/11/2008 Plantation PD

    David B the attorney who turns a major felony into a jay walking ticket

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