Man Convicted In 2008 Palatka Killing

65-Year-Old Man Was Killed While Interrupting Burglary, Investigators Say

PALATKA, Fla. - A man was convicted of first-degree murder in Putnam County on Thursday in the 2008 killing of a 65-year-old man.

Lamont Riley will be sentenced at a later date in the death of Cecil Mills.

Riley, Charles Coring III and Johnny Jones, all 24 at the time of their arrests, were arrested just more than a month after the killing when shots were fired at a Palatka police officer in December 2008, investigators said.

Putnam County deputies said Mills was shot Oct. 27, 2008, when he interrupted a burglary at his daughter's home on Cherry Drive in Pomona Park.

Jones was arrested after a Palatka police officer said he fired at her as she responded to a domestic disturbance call on Mimosa Drive. As her cruiser pulled up in front of the home, she heard two shots, one of which shattered the back passenger window. She was not injured but called for backup.

The scene was secured and Jones was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police said the home was that of Jones' mother, who said her son threatened that if she called the police, he would shoot the officers.

After his arrest, Jones made statements that caused them to contact Putnam County detectives and investigators with the 7th Circuit State Attorney's Office.

Shortly after Jones was interviewed, Riley was arrested leaving his home the next day. Coring was arrested a day after that.

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