As I reported last week plea negotiations are going on between the State Of Florida and Billy Lane’s lawyer Greg Eisenmenger. For this reason the Judge has canceled the trial initially scheduled to start today February 9th. A tentative plea date of April 7th has been set as negotiations continue. “We’re in agreement on all the major points. We’re 99 percent there but we’re not 100 percent there,” Greg Eisenmenger said of his negotiations with the State. Lane, 39, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of either DUI manslaughter or vehicular homicide in connection with Labor Day 2006 traffic accident in which 56-year-old Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock died. Prosecutor Tom Brown said 95 percent or more of his office’s cases are resolved through pleas, and his office treats Billy Lane case like any other.
On a personal note I want to mention that the victim’s family is always involved in any plea agreement discussions, that Billy Lane confirmed to me that he and the Morelock family have a good relation. Byron Morelock (brother of the victim) confirmed that he is not seeking revenge and wishes closure as soon as possible.