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Arrest Made in the 1991 Killings of a Charlotte County Elderly Couple

3/22/2007
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, North Port Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office, 12th and 20th Judicial Circuits, announce an arrest in the 1991 murders of an elderly couple in Port Charlotte, Fla. FDLE special agents served an arrest warrant on Jeremy Sly, 37, today at the Charlotte Correctional Institution. Sly is already serving a life sentence on an unrelated homicide conviction. A Charlotte County grand jury returned an indictment of two counts of first-degree murder against Sly on Wednesday.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 1991, Paul Stasny, 71, and his wife Rita, 69, were shot and killed during an alleged home invasion robbery. On the same morning, less than five miles away from the Stasny’s home, Luis Villegas, 30, and his stepchildren Revonda Peay, 13, Billy Ray Hall, Jr., 11, and Richard Peay, 9, were shot and killed also during an alleged home invasion robbery. Soon after the murders, forensic evidence and investigative leads linked the murders and investigators believed the murders were committed by the same individuals.

A multi-agency task force consisting of more than 40 investigators from FDLE, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, North Port Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office, 12th and 20th Judicial Circuits, was developed to investigate the homicides. Investigators conducted hundreds of interviews and poured through evidence looking for something that would lead to the suspect(s). For more than 14 years investigators searched for the information that would lead to an arrest. That information came from inmate Jeremy Sly. Investigators say Sly revealed specific information regarding the crime that only the killer(s) would know.

The investigation into the killing of Luis Villegas and his step-children is still under investigation and more arrests are expected. Police ask anyone with information on the murders to contact local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.


For Further Information Contact:
Larry K. Long
Public Information Officer
FDLE-Fort Myers
(239) 278-7170