Free Consultation Hablamos EspaƱol
Phone: 727-446-7505

Woman Allegedly Involved in 2010 Shooting Death of Tampa Officers to Face State Charges

2006_Chrysler_Crossfire_ZH_MY05_coupe_2015-11-11_01.jpg

A Seffner woman was released from federal custody today but is all but certain to face state charges for actions she's alleged to have committed leading up to her custody in the federal prison system.

Cortnee Nicole Brantley was freed from a federal halfway house today. She was released after serving ten months of a twelve-month sentence for misprison of a felony, as she did not inform the police officers whom her ex-boyfriend is currently on Florida's death row for killing that she was a felon carrying a firearm.

Brantley, now 28, was convicted of the rarely-enforced crime in 2013, but she was free while her case went through the appellate process. She lost her final appeal in late 2015 and began her federal sentence.

According to authorities, Brantley and Leandra E. Echevarria, then 25, became embroiled in a domestic dispute in the pre-dawn hours of January 2, 2015, shortly before she was to surrender to federal authorities to serve her sentence. They say that she attempted to grab the steering wheel while Echevarria was driving, and he pulled into a parking lot where they subsequently began fighting. She is ultimately alleged to have caused $3,000 of damage to Echevarria's Chrysler Crossfire by hurling concrete blocks at it. She was subsequently charged with domestic violence battery and criminal mischief resulting in damage of $1,000 or more, which is a third-degree felony.

Brantley's federal conviction occurred after she drove away after her ex-boyfriend, Dontae R. Morris, allegedly fatally shot Tampa police officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis during a traffic stop. Police say that Morris fled on foot while Brantley drove off. They say that she did not cooperate with them after the shooting, and communicated with Morris regarding disposal of the vehicle involved.

Morris is currently at Florida State Prison in Raiford serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and a twenty-five-year sentence for armed robbery in another incident, a death sentence for a first-degree murder conviction in a third incident, and two death sentences and fifteen years for an escape conviction for the actions described above. He has not yet been given an execution date.

Bjorn Brunvand has been defending Floridians against capital murder charges for over a quarter century. Contact his offices now to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • American inns of court
  • norml
  • National association of criminal defense lawyers
  • Clearwater bar association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Let Us Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Clearwater Office
615 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-315-1685
Phone: (727) 446-7505
Fax: 727-446-8147
Clearwater Law Office Map

Tampa Office
902 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609

Phone: 727-315-1685
Map & Directions

Please Direct All Correspondence to the Clearwater Office