Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Names Cpl. Mike Nettles Corrections Deputy of the Year
By Space Coast Daily // April 3, 2021
2020 Corrections Deputy of the Year
ABOVE VIDEO: Corrections Corporal Michael Nettles exemplified the tenets of professionalism, dedication and teamwork by his actions and testimony which were instrumental in the conviction of a Palm Beach County man for two brutal murders in Greenacres, Florida.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Corrections Corporal Michael Nettles exemplified the tenets of professionalism, dedication and teamwork by his actions and testimony which were instrumental in the conviction of a Palm Beach County man for two brutal murders in Greenacres, Florida.
Corporal Nettles was assigned to provide hospital security for Inmate Zachary Penna for a three-week period while he was incarcerated at a local hospital.
During this time, Inmate Penna began initiating conversations with Corporal Nettles, who used his interpersonal skills to build a rapport with the inmate.
Penna willingly began divulging specific details of his crimes by providing the locations and his motives to Corporal Nettles.
The details Penna provided were so heinous in nature, Corporal Nettles began to meticulously document the information. Penna disclosed specific details about two homicides, a felony battery, the robbery of an elderly woman, and a false imprisonment case which had been under investigation by the Greenacres Police Department in Palm Beach County.
At the conclusion of his hospital stay, Corporal Nettles submitted an in-depth case report regarding the information provided by Penna to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenacres Police Department, and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
On December 17, 2019, Corporal Nettles testified in Palm Beach County about the confessions Penna had provided during his hospital stay. With clarity, Corporal Nettles relayed to the jury the specific descriptions and accounts to which only the perpetrator would have knowledge.
As noted by the State Attorney, Corporal Nettles’ notes were the greatest contributing factor to Penna receiving convictions of his crimes. He displayed the highest level of professionalism, dedication, and commitment to bringing an extremely violent and dangerous criminal to justice who received two life sentences for his heinous crimes.
Corporal Nettles’ actions ensured the victim’s families received the closure they deserved and we are proud to name him our 2020 Corrections Deputy of the Year.
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