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.
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.