A self-published murder mystery writer and Key West hot dog vendor sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder is now suing a state probation officer for $35 million.
Cash Wallace Pawley claims Florida Department of Corrections probation officer Melanie Doyle violated his rights in her presentence investigation report to sentencing circuit Judge Mark Jones, according to a handwritten federal lawsuit on Feb. 25.
Pawley, 42, tried to murder his former fiancee, Janice Marie, by slashing her throat when she went to hug him at her home on Riveria Drive last October, a jury found last month.
Presentence investigative reports typically contain a person's criminal history and other circumstances used by judge's to help them ascertain a legal sentence.
Pawley claims Doyle's report contained a "false confession," and that she presented information as fact when Pawley maintains it was "unsubstantiated information" that was debated at trial.
Among his assertions: • That some statements made by witness Lisa Marie Badini in the report were not used at trial and not sworn statements.
• That Doyle overstated the seriousness of Marie's wounds and Pawley's history of domestic violence. • He should have had a lawyer present during the presentence interview. Pawley represented himself at trial, but had asked for a public defender at the sentencing stage, he claims in the lawsuit.
Pawley is already suing to get his conviction overturned by challenging the legality of his arrest, in which he continues to argue that both Marie and Badini were attacked by a third person. That lawsuit remains pending.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga did not enter Pawley's book "Pray for Death" into evidence in the state trial. The book had strange parallels to the real life incident on Riveria Drive as the book highlighted a female slasher-serial killer.
Pawley is currently serving his 40-year sentence at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.
The new lawsuit against Doyle will be heard before U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King. The case to get his conviction overturned is being heard before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez.