John Kalisz, who shot and killed a Dixie County sheriff’s captain after a
bloody rampage in Hernando County that left 2 women dead and 2 others clinging
to life, was sentenced to death today for the Hernando crimes.
Karen Voyles/Gainesville Sun Kalisz, 57, already has been sentenced to life in
prison for killing Capt. Chad Reed on Jan. 14, 2010 in a shootout on U.S. 19 in
Reed had confronted Kalisz in a convenience store parking lot after he had been
chased from the Brooksville crime scene. Kalisz was shot 6 times in the
exchange of gunfire.
Kalisz received the death penalty from Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Sr. for the
murders of his sister, Kathryn “Kitty’’ Donovan, and her office manager,
Deborah Tillotson, at Donovan’s home-based business.
He also shot his niece, Manessa Donovan, and Amy Green, at the Brooksville
On Jan. 23, a Hernando County jury found him guilty on all counts in just 96
minutes. The jury later that week took only 57 minutes to recommend the death
Kalisz agreed to a plea bargain and admitted on Feb. 10, 2010 that he killed
Reed in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without parole. Reed's widow,
Holly, had agreed to the deal because she wanted to spare her 2 young sons from
a painful trial and years of appeals.
(source: Gainesville Sun)