Florida Commission On Offender Review Denies Convicted Murderer Stephen Harkins Parole
By Space Coast Daily // October 8, 2018
State Attorney Phil Archer joined family members of Arne Trossman for review
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – State Attorney Phil Archer joined family members of Arne Trossman last week and argued against the parole of Stephen Harkins before the Florida Commission on Offender Review in Tallahassee.
Harkins is serving a life sentence for the brutal 1976 Murder, Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of Trossman.
Trossman, of Satellite Beach, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and left tied to a motel bed in 1976. Harkins, now 61, was sentenced to three consecutive life terms for the crime.
The Commission denied parole, suspended the presumptive parole date, and set the next hearing for the maximum term of 7 years from now.
“I’m thankful for the decision of the Commission that ensures that this brutal killer will remain in custody,” said Archer.
“The Trossman family has relived the pain and suffering of this terrible crime at each parole hearing. But they come every time and speak for Arne. I was grateful for the opportunity to join with them this time.”
Archer was elected State Attorney of the 18th Judicial Circuit for Brevard and Seminole Counties in November of 2012. There are a total of six courthouses in the circuit with main facilities located at Viera and Sanford.
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