Case Update: Murder Conviction of Corey Brown

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 1, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Officers responded to the area of Booker High School reference a deceased person on the side of the road. 

Officers arriving on the scene found the victim lying in the roadway in the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue.  The victim was found to have been shot.  Detective Tony DeFrancisco and Detective Maria Llovio with the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division were assigned to follow on the homicide investigation.  

Detectives were able to determine that the shooting had occurred several blocks away in the area of 24th Street and Leon Avenue.  Based on a thorough investigation, Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Corey L. Brown for the murder of Carlton Parhm. 

Brown was arrested on June 20th, 2014.  On Friday, August 28, 2015, Corey Brown was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder during a jury trial at the Sarasota County Courthouse. 

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June 6, 2014 News Release:
Arrest made in connection to March homicide case in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. – June 6, 2014 – 8 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have charged Shaquan D. Leverett, 19, of Sarasota, with murder in connection to a homicide that occurred on March 10, 2014 in Sarasota.

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Department officers responded to the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue in reference a homicide.  Upon arrival, officers located the body of Carlton Parhm, 23, of Palmetto.  Parhm was the victim of a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed on March 10, 2014, Parhm and four friends drove from Manatee County to Sarasota to meet with another individual.  During the meeting, an argument began and Parhm and the individuals got into a car to avoid a confrontation.  They left the area and drove eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  As the vehicle turned south onto Leon Avenue, a gunshot shattered the front passenger front window, striking and killing Parhm.  During the investigation, detectives developed probable cause for the arrest of Leverett.

“This is the beginning of helping the family of Carlton Parhm find closure to this tragic event.  While this continues to be an ongoing investigation, a violent criminal is off the streets of the city of Sarasota,” said Detective Tony DeFrancisco, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department.

Anyone with information in connection to this case, is encouraged to call Detective Tony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com