In a chilling murder-for-hire case, four individuals are now facing federal charges after a 17-year-old Florida girl was fatally shot upon her doorstep. Isabella Scavelli of Brooksville was attacked on February 7, only one day after she reported a sexual assault by Lenard White, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
Officials state that White orchestrated the murder, offering Sheldon Robinson, 21, and Keshawn Woods, 22, approximately $10,000 to eliminate Scavelli because she had reported the assault. At a press briefing, it was revealed that Robinson sought assistance through social media, offering $5,000 and drugs for support in the “clean up job.”
Investigators presented evidence, including a social media post by Robinson displaying the promised cash and narcotics. Subsequent searches led to the recovery of ammunition at Robinson’s residence matching that used in the fatal shooting, and a firearm concealed in his yard was identified through ballistics as the weapon used.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis of the HCSO underscored Scavelli’s character and potential, emphasizing the tragedy of the young life violently cut short. No connection to any high-risk behavior was found related to Scavelli, reinforcing the arbitrariness and brutality of the crime.
The comprehensive investigation, which included the efforts of the ATF and other law enforcement, resulted in the trio being held on charges of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, the act of murder for hire itself, and the discharge of a firearm during a violent crime.
Additionally, White and Robinson face charges of drug distribution conspiracy, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. Janet Williams, Robinson’s mother, is accused of providing false statements to federal agents regarding the discovery of $6,000 in cash at her home.
White, Robinson, and Woods could face mandatory life imprisonment or the federal death penalty if convicted of all charges. Williams is potentially facing up to 15 years in federal prison for her counts of making false statements.