Florida police have arrested a 31-year-old man with a long criminal history for allegedly murdering a 69-year-old Palm Bay resident last week.
Justin Giambanco was charged with second-degree murder with a firearm, false imprisonment, grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Thursday.
According to Palm Bay Police Chief Mario Augello, officers responded to a call on April 20, reporting that a man was found deceased at the 2700 block of Palm Drive.
The officers arrived at the residence within four minutes and quickly located the victim and evidence suggesting homicide.
With the help of the Melbourne Police Department and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Augello and his investigators located Giambanco and additional evidence.
Giambanco had been in custody at the Brevard County Jail Complex for unrelated charges at the time of his arrest.
Chief Augello described him as a “violent repeat offender” with 22 felony charges and 24 misdemeanor charges in his criminal history.
In 2017, Giambanco was charged with occupied burglary with battery, aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and criminal mischief.
Despite having a lengthy criminal record and serving two years behind bars, he violated the conditions of his release immediately after being released.
He violated them several more times, leading to a violation charge in April 2021 and a 53-month prison sentence.
Giambanco was released from prison in October 2022, and six days ago, he was arrested for battering a police officer and trespassing.
The suspect was released from jail on April 16 and is now the suspect in several burglaries throughout the county.
Chief Augello expressed frustration with the criminal justice system, stating that “this murder could have been prevented had Giambanco served his full 53-month sentence back in April 2021.” He added that Giambanco is “pure evil.”