Panama City Woman Convicted After Battering Police Officers

By: News Release
By: News Release

A Bay County jury convicted a Panama City woman of battering two officers at a at a Panama City bar.

Assistant State Attorney Barbie Beasley told jurors in her opening statement that Blakely, of Ocean View Drive, sucker-punched Robert Knight while he was standing in line for a hotdog on Thomas Drive. The incident happened on Aug. 11, 2012.

A press release stated Blakely and Knight had an ongoing dispute. After the hit, Blakely was restrained by a bouncer and Knight asked for law enforcement to be called.

Blakely was arrested and put in the back of a cruiser where she began kicking the door. The two officers that responded, Sheriff Cpl. Jason Larson and Dep. Jordan Brock tried to secure her legs, but while trying to get her under control she kicked Larson three times in the chest and Brock once in the mouth. Blakely also spit on Brock several times as she was being driven to the jail.

Blakely was convicted on battery for the hit on Knight, kicks to Larson and Brock and spitting on Brock. Battery on a law enforcement officer is a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Blakely’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

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