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Gainesville man sentenced to 364 days for reckless driving with serious injury and possession of firearm by a convicted felon

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Lorne Rush Nero, 28, was sentenced yesterday to 364 days in the Alachua County Jail and paid $30,000 restitution to the victim in a crash in which he was charged with reckless driving.

Nero was arrested in July after a sworn complaint was filed regarding an accident on February 9, 2022. The accident happened just before 7 a.m., with fog contributing to low visibility; the investigation determined that Nero was driving over 100 mph on NW 13th Street and hit a car that was turning left onto NW 55th Place. A witness reported that Nero had run a red light at NW 53rd Avenue before hitting the victim’s car just past that intersection.

The victim in the crash sustained serious injuries, some of which are permanent.

A Gainesville Police Department officer inventoried Nero’s vehicle before impounding it and found two identical backpacks; Nero reportedly said one was his and one was his father’s and that there shouldn’t be anything in the backpacks because he was a convicted felon and couldn’t have any firearms or narcotics.

The officer reported that one backpack contained a glass smoking pipe, a jar with 0.8 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a device used to grind marijuana, a loaded Glock pistol, and a magazine pouch with two more magazines. The second backpack contained an extended magazine and two boxes of ammunition. There were a total of 135 rounds of 9mm ammunition in the two backpacks.

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Nero was originally charged with one count of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and possession of marijuana. The marijuana charge was dropped before Nero was arrested in July, and Nero was released on his own recognizance with an ankle monitor.

Nero entered a plea of nolo contendere on August 25 to the firearm possession and reckless driving charges and was adjudicated guilty of both, sentenced to 364 days in the Alachua County Jail, and ordered to pay $30,000 restitution to the victim, which he paid immediately. Nero will serve 4 years of probation after he is released from jail, but the probation may be ended after 2 years if he stays in compliance. He has been approved to serve his sentence in the Work Release program.

    • It’s called having good parents. Not race anything. Good parents pay for good lawyers. Hence the sentence.

      • Good thing you moved out of Gainesville because you were racking up too many resisting arrest charges and hit and runs. You did some damage while driving that black van 😂😂😂. Oh yeah don’t forget about trying ti fight your way up out of GPD yeah that was resisting arrest too

  • He also beat his girlfriend up back in 2013, put her in a dog cage, and threw her into a pool. She was a minor at the time. Then some years down the road he beat the mother of his child while his child was in the same room. A true menace to society. Mark my words – he’ll violate that four years of probation, and then Judge Colaw (who is notorious for DOC sentencing) will send his sorry ass to prison where he belongs.

  • In high school he dated my friend, crashed her car, shattered her phone, and dragged her out of her house by her hair. I’ve heard he has wrecked other significant other’s/partner’s cars, is known for stalking, and is a repeat offender with dating violence and intimate partner violence. He is going to commit crimes again once he is out.

  • What a piece of worthless privileged crap. He needs to pay for the pain he’s inflicted and not be let off so easy.
    Maybe just a good ole fashioned butt whopping would help then drop him off in the middle of the Everglades.

  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon with drugs a he only gets a year I wonder why sounds like a little biased sentence to me .

  • What kind of judge gives a repeat offender like this such a light sentence? His victim’s injuries are permanent. This human like creature seems to have total disregard for others and the law.

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