Press release from the Office of State Attorney Brian Kramer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Thursday, December 15, 2022, Assistant State Attorney Brian Rodgers led the prosecution team in State vs. Ezekiel Luke Hicks.
On April 7, 2019, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office responded to Waffle House on Newberry Road following reports of shots fired. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Detectives identified and arrested Ezekiel Hicks, dob 10/27/93, for the unlawful killing of Craig Brewer. Hicks was arrested at his Gainesville residence. Alachua County Sheriff’s Detectives used video evidence along with eyewitness testimony that was successful in this case. Sentencing lasted two days, which allowed both victim impact statements and defense witnesses to address the Court.
The Honorable Judge Phil Pena presided over the judicial proceeding. Hicks entered into a negotiated plea with the State Attorney’s Office and pled open to the court. Hicks was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter and 5 years for carrying a concealed weapon.