Man Who Claimed Stand Your Ground After Killing Two Is Killed In Prison

A man serving a life sentence for killing two other men outside a Florida strip club in 2011, then claimed stand your ground immunity, was killed in prison during a fight with another inmate.

Justin Campos (Florida Dept of Corrections photo)
Justin Campos

Justin Campos, 28, was killed on October 1st during an incident with another inmate at Madison Correctional Institute, near Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Corrections is investigating the incident.

After a night out at a strip club in Fort Myers, on January 19, 2011, three men leaving the club got into a battle of testosterone and cuss-filled insults with two other men in the parking lot. One of the three men, who were in a pickup truck, had enough. He got out of his truck with a weapon, and started to pistol-whip one of the other men, but the gun slipped out of his hand in the process.

Campos, one of the men who had been in the truck, picked up the gun, and the other men ran, but came back and punched Campos’ pistol-whipping friend who had pulled out the gun. Campos fired, killing Juan Miguel Sanchez-Perdomo, 20. and another man, Carlos Deleon-Ortiz, 29, who was walking toward them. Campos and his friends then drove off in the truck.

Campos was later arrested, and claimed stand your ground, maintaining that he shot both men out of fear for his life, but a judge denied his motion at an immunity hearing. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter. In March 2012, he was sentenced to life plus 25 years.

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