“Zombicon” Shooter Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

Today, Jose Raul Bonilla was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of 20-year-old Expavious Tyrell Taylor and the shooting of 5 other people at the “Zombicon” event in Downtown Fort Myers October 2015.

The sentence has a 25 year minimum mandatory, meaning the defendant will serve that time day by day.

Bonilla opened fire at the street festival with thousands of citizens in attendance. In just seconds, the lives of so many people were changed forever. A young man, who was on a break from college that he was attending on a football scholarship, lost his life.

This has been a case unlike any other, due to the many people who were attending the large outdoor Zombicon festival, estimated at 20,000 people. Many attending were wearing zombie costumes. Many were wearing fake blood and carrying fake firearms as part of their costumes.

When the shooting started, people ran for cover, causing even more chaos at the scene.

The FBI and the Fort Myers Police Department were the collaborative lead agencies in investigating this crime. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Carmine Marceno, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also assisted in this large, detailed investigation.

Members of the State Attorney’s Office worked with our law enforcement partners to put together the case. They looked at surveillance video from cameras and spoke to many potential witnesses.

The dedication to the case and review of the evidence led to the defendant early on, as a suspect. More work by the FBI and Fort Myers Police Department led to Bonilla’s arrest after Bonilla spoke to multiple people about what he had done.