Man sentenced to life in 2020 Babe nightclub shooting in Fort Myers

A man from the Tampa area convicted in a case related to the shooting of two men in a Fort Myers nightclub in 2020 will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

A federal jury has found Jonathan Anthony Reid, 31, of Gibsonton, just south of Tampa and formerly of Fort Myers, guilty in March of possession of a gun and ammunition as an already convicted felon.

His conviction in U.S. District Court on Friday was linked to the shooting of two men in front of Babe’s, a Fort Myers nightclub, January 29, 2020. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act, Reid faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in federal prison.

Reid was charged on June 3, 2020 and arrested by the US Marshal’s Task Force in April 2020 in Hillsborough County. At the time of his arrest he was on probation for a drug offender in Hillsborough County.

According to evidence presented at trial, in early January 29, 2020, Reid shot and killed two men who stood outside the entrance to a nightclub on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers before escaping in a silver sedan with a plaque stolen registration.

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Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Reid made efforts to conceal his identity during the shooting by wearing a hoodie, gloves and ski mask, but crashed and abandoned his getaway car while fleeing.

In his destroyed getaway car, law enforcement recovered a handgun, nine .45 caliber cartridges, a camouflage ski mask, a hooded sweatshirt and blue latex gloves. DNA analysis later revealed that Reid’s DNA profile matched DNA extracted from the ski mask, sweatshirt, torn latex glove, and the recovered gun.

Reid was convicted before U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster in Fort Myers with a recommended jail term at a facility near Fort Myers.

If he is finally released, he will serve five years under conditions of supervised release.

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