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Crestview Man Charged with Attempted Premeditated Murder

Crestview Fla. – On Sunday, March 3, 2024, shortly after 9am, officers with the Crestview police department responded to a residential address on Patton Street in reference to a physical altercation.

Upon arrival of Officers, they were informed the resident and a person staying there, later identified as, 57-year-old James Franklin Sparra, had gotten into a verbal altercation over rent which turned physical when Sparra shoved and stabbed the victim from behind. At that time, Sparra was detained, however the victim was missing.

Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, who responded to assist the officers, searched the immediate area for approximately 10 minutes and discovered the victim collapsed in a slightly wooded portion of an alleyway approximately 200 yards from the location of the altercation. Deputies stayed with the victim who was bleeding heavily from an estimated 6-inch-long stab wound under his right arm near his armpit and losing consciousness. Deputies did apply direct pressure to the wound and were successful in slowing, and then stopping the bleeding until emergency personnel from the Crestview Fire Department and Okaloosa County EMS could arrive and take over treatment.

James Franklin Sparra

According to the arrest report, upon further investigation, it was revealed the victim had explained to Sparra he was going to have to move out of the residence because he wasn’t paying anything for rent. Sparra became enraged and started yelling and cursing the victim. The victim told Sparra that he would go a “different way” to get him removed from the residence at which point it became physical by Sparra shoving the victim.

The male victim turned and walked away from Sparra heading toward the front door of the residence. The arrest report further states, as the victim was stepping onto the front porch of the residence with his back to Sparra, Sparra struck the victim in the right shoulder blade area of his back. The victim then realized he had been stabbed and saw Sparra holding a knife.

As the victim ran away bleeding, Sparra, with knife in hand and telling the victim he was going to cut him again, started chasing him around a car that was in the front yard of the residence. According to the arrest report from the Crestview Police Department, a witness grabbed Sparra and allowed the victim to get away.

Another witness, who is also a resident of the house, told law enforcement Sparra has been telling her that he is “going to kill” the victim and called the victim a “piece of shit” and was “going to get him on his time”.

James Franklin Sparra has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit a felony and Criminal Attempt of Premeditated Murder, according to the Crestview Police Department arrest report.

According to a release form the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, EMS Medical Commander Heather Overstreet, who was present at the scene, stated without the actions taken by Sgt. Savoie and Deputy Langer, the victim would have died from his injuries at the scene. Sergeant Colin Savoie and Deputy Matthew Langer were presented with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Award for their exemplary service and outstanding commitment to preserving life. This makes the 3rd Life Saving Award for both Sgt. Savoie & Deputy Langer.

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