Letters to the Editor: Sam
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” is a line from an editorial by Francis Pharcellus Church titled “Is There a Santa Claus?”, which appeared in the New York newspaper The Sun on September 21, 1897. While The Space Coast Rocket Is not by definition, a newspaper, it can make the following statements: “Yes, Jaril Holmes and Sheridon Archer…there is a Santa.”
So, who is Jaril Holmes, you may ask? Jaril is a 60 year old man who in 1989 was convicted of rape in Suffolk County Mass. FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) determined that he had to register in Florida as a sex offender from Mass. In 2021, Holmes plead NO CONTEST to failure to register. He was sentenced to jail.
In 2022, Holmes is arrested again, for failure to register. Charged with three counts of failure to register. Holmes had a bench trial in front of Judge Segal on the 20th of December 2022. Judge Segal acquits Holmes on all three charges. Christmas came early for Holmes. Not sure what it did for the Brevard County Citizens…
SO, since we are on the subject of Santa, I mean, Judge Segal, let’s talk about another defendant that received an early Christmas gift.
You may recall when former Palm Bay Police Officer Sheridon Archer was arrested in September of this year and charged with two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery on an underaged girl (>12-<16.) His bond was set at $500,000.00 or $250,000.00 per count. Well, his attorney filed for a bond reduction in November. Motion was granted on 12/21/2022, and the bond was dropped from $250.000.00 per count to $20,000.00 per count. A savings of $460,000.00. It looks like Archer will be home for Christmas thanks to Judge “Santa” Segal.
Case Numbers referenced: for Holmes 05-2022-CF-018861-AXXX-XX
for Sheridan Archer: 05-2022-CF-045916-AXXX-XX