A Marathon man with a long Monroe County rap sheet was given a choice: Promise to show up for prison to serve three years and a month for his latest convictions or don't show up and get 15 years if he’s found.
Horkene Cade, 36, didn’t show and was found, and now faces the latter and likely will get nearly 12 years tacked on to his sentence.
“It’s unfair to say our office let someone out who was doing a 15-year sentence, or the judge did, either,” State Attorney Catherine Vogel said.
The initial deal was approved Nov. 12 by Acting Circuit Judge Ruth Becker when Cade “begged” for a week’s furlough to get his affairs in order before reporting, Vogel said.
Cade received the 37 months for two counts of being a convicted felon with a weapon, failing to register as a career offender and cocaine possession. He was arrested in July.
“To be sure he returns, she gave him 15 years with the understanding that when he turns himself in, she would give him 37.2 months. She could mitigate it down. So this was not someone who got 15 years and we let them out a week.”
When given his one-week furlough following the Nov. 12 hearing, Cade was supposed to report back Nov. 17 to do his time. He didn’t, and warrants were issued for his arrest. He was found in Homestead on Nov. 21 and brought back to the Keys.
Vogel said holding the hammer of 15 years over Cade was “insurance” he’d return.
“You can’t say if you don’t show up, I’ll give you 15 years,” Vogel said. “So nobody was letting anyone who we anticipated doing 15 years out for a week. No one wants to take the chance of getting 15 years, so he was expected to show up. Now he's facing 15 years.”
For not returning when expected, Cade now also faces three felony counts of failure to appear in court. Past arrests include resisting arrest and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.
Becker wouldn’t comment because the case is still open.
In a Dec. 3 letter from jail to the Keynoter, Cade wrote that he is filing complaints with Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.