East Naples man gets 15 years in prison for hit-and-run death

Jack Edward Dyson 
  
 An 18-year-old man is facing a felony charge in connection with a hit-and-run accident in East Naples on Saturday that killed a 21-year-old man, according to sheriff's reports. 
  
 Collier detectives say Jack Edward Dyson, 5453 Carlton St., East Naples, was behind the wheel of a green Honda that struck Kyle Aaron Armantrout, 1441 Oaks Blvd., Golden Gate, in a parking lot at 3427 Enterprise Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, reports said. 
  
 Dyson drove off after striking Armantrout, reports said. 
  
 Detectives located Dyson on Monday morning and charged him with felony hit-and-run. 
  
 Lely High graduate Armantrout was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at about 11 p.m. Monday, detectives said. 
  
 An investigation continues and additional charges are pending, detectives said.

Jack Edward Dyson An 18-year-old man is facing a felony charge in connection with a hit-and-run accident in East Naples on Saturday that killed a 21-year-old man, according to sheriff's reports. Collier detectives say Jack Edward Dyson, 5453 Carlton St., East Naples, was behind the wheel of a green Honda that struck Kyle Aaron Armantrout, 1441 Oaks Blvd., Golden Gate, in a parking lot at 3427 Enterprise Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, reports said. Dyson drove off after striking Armantrout, reports said. Detectives located Dyson on Monday morning and charged him with felony hit-and-run. Lely High graduate Armantrout was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at about 11 p.m. Monday, detectives said. An investigation continues and additional charges are pending, detectives said.

An East Naples man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges related to a hit-and-run death during a botched drug deal in 2009.

Jack Edward Dyson, 21, took the plea agreement Monday on charges of manslaughter and failing to remain at a crash involving death, avoiding a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. He also received 12 years probation as part of the agreement. Prosecutors dropped a robbery with a weapon charge against Dyson.

Collier County sheriff's deputies said Dyson ran down Kyle Armantrout, 21, in an Enterprise Avenue parking lot after stealing $1,200 worth of marijuana during a drug deal gone bad. Deputies said Dyson hit Armantrout with a Honda Accord, causing the 21-year-old to fall to the ground, and then ran him over.

Reached by phone Wednesday, a woman who identified herself as the wife of Armantrout's father said the family had no comment about the plea.

Dyson's lawyer, Donald Day, said his client didn't plan to run over Armantrout, but potentially harsh penalties for leaving the scene of a crime led to the plea agreement. Dyson has been in jail on $500,000 bond since Armantrout's August 2009 death.

"It's not like this was intended to happen," Day said of Armantrout's death. "It was an unintended consequence from a drug deal."

Deputies said two others were in the vehicle with Dyson — Alejandro Perez, now 18, of East Naples, and Javier Zuniga, now 20.

Perez reached a plea agreement in February that required him to testify against Dyson in exchange for a sentence of nine years in prison. Zuniga hasn't been located by deputies, who believe he likely fled the country. A warrant remains out for his arrest.

Day said Dyson is "a mess" as he heads to prison. Dyson hasn't spoken with Armantrout's relatives, and the plea agreement includes a provision barring contact with family.

"He's devastated," Day said of his client. "This is a young kid. He looks five years younger than he actually is. Any time you take a kid that young and send him to Florida State Prison, it's nothing good."

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StaticStrike writes:

I don't understand why Jack Dyson is being labeled as an "East Naples man" in every article related to him. Jack is a Marco Island resident.

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