01 February 2019 :
Rocky Ali Beamon, 41, White, sentenced to death in Jackson County for murdering his cellmate back in 2012. According to the State Attorney's Office, Rocky Ali Beamon and Bruce Hunsicker were inmates at the Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads, Florida. They say Beamon confessed to chocking, stabbing, and killing Hunsicker in the shower area. He allegedly revealed that he did it because of Hunsicker's status as a sex offender, and he owed him money. Beamon entered a guilty plea to 1st degree premeditated murder and waived his right to a jury trial for guilt and sentencing. A penalty phase judge trial was then held on December 17, 2018. Beamon's criminal history, includes 2005 convictions for murder, kidnapping, and robbery in Hillsborough County for which Beamon was sentenced to life in prison. Beamon sent two letters to Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson in the 14th Judicial Circuit asking to be sentenced to death. In the hand-printed letters, Beamon said he will continue his “job” of murdering sex offenders if his wishes aren’t granted. The letters were forwarded to the 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s office, which will seek a second death penalty conviction for the Jan. 22, 2017, death of an inmate at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution. Nicholas Anderson, who was convicted of child molestation, was Beamon’s cellmate. The letters were received on May 4, 2018 and on Jan, 8, 2019.