Sheriff's employee seeks aid after tragedy

Steve Garrison
Chericia Brown and her two children were murdered Sunday night in Seminole County, Fla. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is raising burial funds for Chericia Brown's father, Leland Jim, a lead mechanic at the sheriff's office.

FARMINGTON – The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is raising burial funds for lead mechanic Leland Jim, whose daughter and two grandchildren were murdered Sunday night in Seminole County, Fla.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office states in a press release that Jim's daughter, Chericia Brown, was stabbed repeatedly at about 10 p.m. Sunday by her estranged husband, Henry Ramone Brown, in a restaurant parking lot in Lake Mary, Fla.

Henry Ramone Brown, 30, then allegedly ran his wife over with his vehicle as he fled the scene, the release states.

The husband swapped vehicles at an apartment complex in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and picked up the couple's children — a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl.

Henry Ramone Brown then went to Central Florida Regional Hospital in an attempt to locate Chericia Brown, according to the release. He confronted police at the hospital and exchanged gunfire, the release states.

The husband managed to escape onto Interstate 4, but his vehicle was disabled with a stop stick, according to the release. Deputies found Henry Ramone Brown and the two children inside the vehicle dead of gunshot wounds, the release states.

Chericia Brown died at the hospital. She was 31.

San Juan County Sheriff's Capt. Brice Current said Jim has been a mechanic at the sheriff's office for 14 years.

"He is very quiet and very humble," Current said. "He works extremely hard."

Current said Sunday was not the first time Jim had lost a child due to a crime. His 13-year-old son, Timothy Jim, was killed in 2002 in a drunk driving crash on U.S. Highway 64 in Hogback. Albert Sam was convicted of homicide by vehicle as a result of the crash and sentenced in October 2003 to 13 years and six months in prison, according to a police report.

Donations can be made at the GoFundMe account Jim Family Funeral Arrangements.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.