Press release from the Office of the State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Wednesday June 22, Assistant State Attorney Daniel Owen and Assistant State Attorney Zouzouko Doualehi prosecuted Arealeus K. Morris 10/20/1980. Morris was accused of second-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, and aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older during a Gainesville Police investigation May 25th, 2020. Morris violently attacked and robbed the victim, John Katon, in the Pine Ridge Neighborhood in northwest Gainesville. During the three-day trial, an Alachua County Jury found Morris guilty of manslaughter, robbery with a weapon, and aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older.
The Honorable James M. Colaw sentenced Morris to 60 years as a prison releasee reoffender, in the Florida Department of Corrections.