Iyana Sawyer case: Man accused of killing pregnant teenager writes letter to judge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Johnathan Quiles, the sole suspect in the disappearance and murder of Iyana Sawyer, a pregnant teenager, who was last seen at Terry Parker High School in Dec. 2018, wrote a letter to the judge.

The letter to Judge Charbula does not focus on Sawyer, his niece, but on the judge. In the letter, Quiles thanked the judge for the kindness he has shown since January 8, 2019, the day he wrote his “life was turned upside down.” Quiles also discusses the coronavirus in the letter and sent the judge his blessings.

According to documents released in February, people close to Quiles and Sawyer suspected that they were involved in an inappropriate relationship and that he killed her at his workplace before disposing of her body in a dumpster. The report also stated he told a family member that he tried to strangle her to death but could not stomach it. Sawyer’s body has never been found. The State Attorney’s Office charged Quiles with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of sexual battery.

The state is seeking the death penalty in the case.

Read the letter below:

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