Spencer given 3 life sentences

OKEECHOBEE — Last month Travis Spencer was found guilty of killing William Curry. Tuesday, Oct. 20, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.Travis Spencer
Spencer, 26, was convicted of first-degree felony murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed and robbery with a deadly weapon. All are punishable by life.

Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer also ordered Spencer to be classified as a prison releasee re-offender.

Spencer was also found guilty at his September trial of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. And because he was classified as a prison releasee re-offender, he was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years on that felony charge.

Curry was murdered Aug. 8, 2014, in his one-room apartment in Nab’s Apartments. It was from this room where he plied his trade as a drug dealer.

Terrance Spivey and Latisha McBride have also been charged in this case.

According to prosecutors McBride bought drugs from Curry to make sure he was in his apartment. A surveillance camera placed on an FP&L pole near the apartment building showed a woman going to Curry’s window at 4:19 a.m. on Aug. 8. She returned at 5:10 a.m. and again at 5:40 a.m.

That camera was installed by the power company for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

At 6:06 a.m. that same camera showed a man pulling the jalousie window open in Curry’s apartment then firing a gun. That man, said prosecutors, was Spencer.

Spencer then ran into the building where his cousin, Spivey, was battling with the much larger Curry. That fight started in Curry’s apartment then spilled out into the hallway where Curry was eventually shot.

But, Curry managed to wrestle the gun from his attacker and began firing.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) reports state one round grazed the right side of Spencer’s head, while Spivey was shot in the leg.

While Curry clung to life, McBride drove Spivey and Spencer to a Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring where Spivey received treatment for the wound. However, hospitals are required to report gunshot victims to law enforcement, so the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office was called.

Aware of what had happened in Okeechobee, HCSO detectives contacted OCSO Detective Corporal Rosemary Farless who, along with Detective Corporal Ted Van Deman, drove to Sebring to speak with the triumvirate.

McBride’s trial is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2, while Spivey’s trial is slated to get under way Dec. 7.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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