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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California

    FL - Roy Radabaugh, 29, shot to death, Fort Myers, 18 Jan 1981


    (posted on Friday, July 2, 2010)

    James Edward Sims had three words for Lee County sheriff’s detectives who showed up at his Lakewood, Calif., home today.

    “You got me,” said 67-year-old Sims.

    After almost 30 years, detectives arrested Sims on a charge of first-degree murder in the 1981 death of Roy Radabaugh in Fort Myers, a case that was featured on the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted.”

    Sims’ first court appearance will be Tuesday in California. From there, authorities will determine his extradition to Lee County.

    On Jan. 18, 1981, when a 29-year-old Sims allegedly shot Radabaugh execution-style in the parking lot of what was then the Fox Den Lounge on Fowler Street, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

    The two had been arguing over a woman, LaFonda Dalton.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California
    There are a couple of errors in the story linked above. Sims was 36 years old at the time of the killing, and he is 66 years old now. The victim, Roy Radabaugh, was 29 when he was killed.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2013
    From November 2011:


    Sims, 68, received the maximum punishment — 17 years in prison — under sentencing guidelines Monday, bringing the three-decade-old case to a close.

    Sims was convicted Oct. 6 of manslaughter with a firearm in the death of Roy Radabaugh outside a Fort Myers strip club in 1981.

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