Valessa Robinson released from prison - WFLA News Channel 8

Valessa Robinson released from prison

Posted: Updated:
Robinson's picture from DOC website Robinson's picture from DOC website
HOMESTEAD, FL (WFLA) -
All indications are that Valessa Robinson is a free woman Friday morning.

Just after midnight, a phone call from news media to the Homestead Correctional Institution confirmed Robinson had completed processing and was on her way out. A few minutes later, a gray Chevrolet SUV left the minimum-security prison with what appeared to be Valessa Robinson and her father, Chuck.

Related story: Valessa Robinson scheduled to be released from prison early

The Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Population Information Detail has not been updated since Sunday and still officially listed Robinson as "currently incarcerated."

Robinson has been in state custody since June 2000 after being convicted of 3rd Degree Murder and Grant Theft of a Motor vehicle related to the death of her mother, Vicki Robinson, 49, at their family home in Carrollwood in 1998. Valessa was 15 at the time of the killing. She's now 30.

Valessa's boyfriend from that time, Adam Davis, and another friend, Jon Whispel were also involved in the murder. Davis is on death row and Whispel is serving a 25-year sentence.

Related story: Tampa attorney: sentences 'disproportionate' in Robinson case

Department of Corrections spokesperson Misty Cash said Thursday that it could take anywhere from an hour to three hours for staff members to get an inmate ready for release. Cash said staff have to do thorough paperwork, including searches to make sure inmates aren't wanted by other states for offenses.

Robinson's release was not open to media, but Cash said the inmate would've handed in her prison blue jumpsuit and changed into civilian clothing before she left.

Robinson registered with the Department of Corrections that she will now live in Mississippi, presumably with her father since that's where he lives.

Many remember Robinson as she looked during her trial. She wore sweater sets and Mary Janes that, paired with her curly brown hair, made the 17-year-old look young. She looks much different now. A DOC inmate photo shows her hair is much shorter, cut above her ears. Earlier in the week DeeAnn Athan, the attorney who defended Robinson during her trial, said the inmate donated to Locks of Love from prison. She wasn't sure what future plans might hold in store for Robinson.

Related: Gayle Sierens' exclusive interview with Valessa Robinson's attorney

"I know that she wants privacy," Athan said. "I think even though a lot of people will still condemn her, I think that some people would like to see that she has led a productive life for the last 17 years in prison."

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    TPD homicide detective under federal criminal investigation

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:55:30 GMT
    Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.Tampa Police Officer Eric Houston, who is working at a crime scene in this file photo, is under federal investigation.
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
    The feds are investigating one of Tampa Police Department's lead homicide detectives. Officer Eric Houston, who is one of the lead detectives in the Julie Schenecker murder investigation, is under federal criminal investigation. 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Train, tractor trailer collide in Plant City

    Train, tractor trailer collide in Plant City

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:56:22 GMT
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer logging truck vs CSX freight train at S.R. 39 and Moriczville Road in Plant City.The driver of the semi has been transported by ground to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.HCSO says there is no electronic crossing signals at this crossing. There is is a posted R.R. Crossing sign.S.R. 39 remains open while the investigation into the crash continues...
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer logging truck vs CSX freight train at S.R. 39 and Moriczville Road in Plant City.The driver of the semi has been transported by ground to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.HCSO says there is no electronic crossing signals at this crossing. There is is a posted R.R. Crossing sign.S.R. 39 remains open while the investigation into the crash continues...
  • Manatee deputies identify body found in Palmetto

    Manatee deputies identify body found in Palmetto

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:25:22 GMT
    Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
    Manatee County Sheriff Deputies say a body was found alongside U.S. 41 N. in Palmetto on Tuesday evening. 
  • 2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    2 St. Pete women accused in violent road rage attack

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:19:02 GMT
    Amber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photoAmber Lynn Beckwith (Left) and Ariel Young (right) are accused in a violent road rage attack. Pinellas County Jail booking photo
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
    St. Petersburg Police say two women rammed into another woman's car, pulled her out of the car and attacked her in the middle of a street.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
  • Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:49:00 GMT
    Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa BayLuke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.