After an hour long deliberation Tuesday, a Miami Dade Jury found Henry Marshall, a.k.a. "Orange Man," guilty of the armed robbery of Leon Valentine in 2005. He will be sentenced in a week or two, prosecutors said. Due to his history as a career criminal, the judge must sentence him to life in prison.
"Thank God we got him off the street," said prosecutor Jon Priovolos, who managed to get Leon Valentine's posthumous 911 call admitted as allowable hearsay. In it, Valentine describes being robbed at gunpoint, the only evidence that Marshall did, in fact have a gun.
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It was an excited utterance," said Priovolos. "The thinking there being, that he had no reason to lie about a gun in an excited state." The real clincher in the case was the name "Orange Man," caught in the background of the case. Prosecutors were able to force Marshall to present the jury with his tattooed forearm: Orange man, it read.
Valentine's murder on the steps of his home in August of '06 remains unsolved. -Calvin Godfrey