31-Year-Old Convicted Felon Charged With Murder of Palm Bay Resident on Palm Drive
By Space Coast Daily // April 23, 2023
suspect identified as 31-year-old Justin Giambanco
ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay Police Chief Mario Augello releases official statement in regard to the Palm Drive Homicide Arrest.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police announced on Saturday that they have arrested a 31-year-old man for the murder of a 69-year-old Palm Bay resident on Thursday.
According to the Palm Bay Police Department, Justin Giambanco was already at the Brevard County Jail complex facing charges unrelated to the homicide.
Police responded to a 911 call that led them to a residence in the 2700 block of palm Drive Northeast, where they found the 69-year-old man dead at the scene, according to Chief Mario Augello.
Investigators say they discovered evidence at the scene that directly connected Giambanco to the homicide investigation.
Giambanco’s profile shows a lengthy criminal history with numerous felony and misdemeanor charges.
“He has 22 felony charges, along with 24 misdemeanor charges yet, somehow, this individual is out roaming free within our community, terrorizing our citizens,” Chief Augello said.
Giambanco was arrested and charged with occupied burglary with a battery aggravated assault in 2017. He spent about two years in jail.
After being released, a 53-month sentence was imposed on him in April 2021 after repeatedly violating the conditions of his release.
Chief Augello says Giambanco only served 18 months of his 53-months sentence.
He was released in October of 2022, and now less than 6 months later, he was arrested again for battering police officer and trespassing.
“He was released the next day on April 16. Since his most recent release, this individual has been a suspect of several burglaries within our county and his most heinous act yet the brutal murder of a 69-year-old Palm Bay resident just a few short days ago. We are seeing far too many violent repeat offenders being released way too early for either shortened sentences, or because of minimal bottom outs. This murder could have been prevented. had Giambanco serve his full 53 months sentence back in April of 2021,” Augello said.