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Friday, September 29, 2023

Gainesville man sentenced to 30 years for attempted murder and firearm possession

Eric Robinson also faces five more years in prison for evidence tampering

A Gainesville man was sentenced May 26 to 30 years in prison for attempted murder and firearm possession.

Eric Robinson, 19, was charged with attempted murder in October 2021. Robinson fired multiple shots at an acquaintance from his car on Northwest 8th Street, according to court records. Police arrested Robinson Nov. 5. 

Days prior, he attempted to rob and murder another acquaintance at an apartment on Southwest 20th Avenue Nov. 2. Robinson shot the victim in the chest as he was trying to get Robinson out of the apartment. He added five years to his sentence for attempting to destroy a cell phone used to communicate with the victim of the home invasion.

When the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Robinson Nov. 5, he was also facing a warrant from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for firing a shot at two men at Southeast 18th Avenue in June 2021. 

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This article has been updated to reflect new information that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Robinson. The Alligator was previously informed GPD arrested him.

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Omar Ateyah

Omar Ateyah is a third-year journalism student and the Alligator's Race and Equity reporter. He previously served as the Alligator's crime reporter and as a news assistant on the Metro Desk. He enjoys going on long, thoughtful walks. 

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