SARASOTA, Fla. -- April 29, 2016 -- 1 p.m.
This morning, Herbert Earl Stilley, III, was found guilty on charges of Sexual Battery and Robbery in connection to a case in February 2015. Stilley was arrested in May 2015 by Sarasota Police Department Detectives after they received DNA evidence linking Stilley to the crime. The original charges were Armed Home Invasion and Armed Sexual Battery.
“This conviction is a direct result of the diligent and thorough investigation conducted by Sarasota Police Department Detectives Kim Laster and Steve McDowell. They did an excellent job,” said Sergeant Johnathan Todd, Criminal Investigations Division.
A sentencing date for Stilley has not been set. The news release from May 2015 is below.
MAY 21, 2015
On Wednesday, Herbert Earl Stilley, III, 27, of Sarasota, was arrested and taken into custody in the 2100 block of Dixie Avenue in Sarasota. Stilley was wanted on charges of Felony Armed Home Invasion and Felony Armed Sexual Battery in connection to an incident that occurred in February 2015.
On February 10, 2015 at approximately 2 a.m., a female reported being the victim of an armed home invasion and armed sexual battery. The crime happened at the victim’s home. The victim told Officers she was sitting at home with her husband when Stilley entered her home with a small firearm and pointed the firearm at the victim’s face and demanded her phone. Her husband was outside at the time. Stilley then asked “Where is the money?” Both the victim and her husband are deaf but can read lips. The couple’s children were asleep in a nearby bedroom.
In fear for children’s safety, the victim took Stilley back to her bedroom and gave Stilley her purse. Stilley then sexually battered the victim. Due to Stilley having a firearm and being in fear, the victim did not resist. Following the incident, Stilley ran out of the bedroom and was chased out of the home by the victim’s husband.
Sarasota Police Officers have been actively working on this investigation since February and based on newly received DNA evidence, a warrant was issued for Stilley’s arrest. Stilley was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with Felony Armed Home Invasion and Felony Armed Sexual Battery. He remains in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.