In Loving Memory

 Of My Brother & My Hero

Corporal Ronald Lee Fewell

March 30, 1958 - March 16, 1983


On March 16, 1983, the defendant and his wife argued over the use of the family car by one of their sons, Dale, Jr. The son left in the car about 5:30 p.m. and the defendant's wife went into the kitchen to clean the dishes with the help of Dianna, her fourteen year old daughter. Another son, John, was also in the kitchen. The defendant yelled at his wife and daughter to turn off or turn down the music they were playing. The wife turned the music off and began washing the dishes. As she turned around to get more dishes, defendant shot her with a shotgun. The wife estimated the defendant fired the shot about ten minutes after her son, Dale, left in the car.

After defendant shot her, the wife ran from the kitchen to a back bedroom and fell across a bed.  The defendant put another shell in the shotgun's chamber.  Dianna asked defendant if she could leave the house.  He Assented.  After she fled, John began to move in front of the defendant.  Defendant told John to get out of the way because he intended to shoot his wife again.

John stayed with his father a few minutes attempting to talk him into relinquishing his gun.  Defendant told John that, since he had gone this far, he was going to take as many people with him as he could and then shoot himself.  John told the defendant to let him make sure everybody was out of the house.  John then checked on his mother's condition and went to see if an ambulance had been called.  As he left, he saw the defendant in the house with the shotgun.

At 5:50 p.m. Deputy Mark Vutsinas received a call to investigate the shooting. A few minutes before 6:00 p.m. he arrived at defendant's house. Defendant shot at him twice. Deputy Ronnie Fewell responded to Vutsinas' back-up call. As he stepped from his vehicle, defendant fired at him striking him in the abdomen. Fewell died from the resulting wound. When Deputy Joseph Caiazza arrived shortly after 6:00 p.m. and attempted to rescue Fewell, defendant also shot at him.  After barricading himself inside the residence, the defendant placed the rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger...but survived.

The jury found the defendant guilty as charged on all counts. For the first degree murder of Deputy Fewell the trial judge sentenced defendant to life imprisonment with a twenty-five year mandatory minimum prison term under section 775.082(1), Florida Statutes (1981). He imposed three consecutive thirty-year sentences for each count of attempted murder and retained jurisdiction over ten years over each of these sentences under section 947.16(3), Florida Statutes (1983). He also imposed three consecutive three-year mandatory minimum sentences for the use of a firearm in the commission of the attempted murders under section 775.087(2), Florida Statutes (1981).


Ronnie was killed exactly two weeks before his 25th birthday. He left behind his wife, five month old daughter, parents, twin brother and myself.

Loving Father

October 1991 - Ronnie's daughter etching his name from the wall after the dedication of the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Law Enforcement Memorial - Washington D.C.

Gone, But Not Forgotten...


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