Osceola County

'Our goal is to bring justice to Nicole Montalvo’: Osceola County sheriff responds to Florida attorney general’s letter

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson has responded to Florida Attorney General Ashley’s Moody’s letter to Governor Ron DeSantis regarding the removal of the Nicole Montalvo homicide case from the State Attorney’s Office.

In Gibson’s letter, he says, “From the beginning our goal is to bring justice to Nicole Montalvo, her family and the citizens of Osceola County.”

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Gibson said it became apparent that the State Attorney’s Office did not want to pursue homicide charges in the case, so his office began exploring ways to get a second opinion.

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The letter said a meeting with Moody was arranged in Tallahassee to meet with her staff. In a follow-up meeting in Osceola County, the Sheriff’s Office said it presented its case.

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Gibson thanked Moody and her staff in the letter for “showing commitment to the pursuit of justice by taking the time to review this case," the letter said.

“After watching the press conference by State Attorney Ayala this morning, I believe that justice can only be achieved in this case if it is given to the Office of Statewide Prosecution. My office will continue to work to ensure justice for Nicole Montalvo, her family and the citizens of Osceola County," Gibson wrote.