Former UNF student sentenced to 11 years

Maggie Seppi

Former UNF student Derek Lee Mrasak was sentenced to 11 years in the Florida Department of Corrections followed by nine years of drug offender probation Dec. 7, in connection with a hit-and-run fatality that occurred Oct. 16, 2010.

A friend of Mrasak’s notified the St. Augustine Police Department Oct. 17, 2010 that Mrasak had hit and may have killed someone on U.S. Highway 1. The victim, Brian Stevenot, was found by an officer and pronounced dead at the scene.

The friend told police Mrasak had showed him and a group of friends his damaged truck, which had blood and hair on the windshield, according to police.

Another friend of Mrasak’s had helped him to clean the truck and ultimately dismantle parts of it to make it unidentifiable, in an attempt to sell it quickly.

When questioned in 2010, Mrasak refused to answer any questions and was transported to St. Johns County jail and charged with homicide and tampering with evidence. As of Oct. 18, Mrasak was out on bail.

Mrasak was ultimately charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and tampering with physical evidence and found guilty of both charges on Dec. 7, according to St. Johns County public records. The former is a first-degree felony, while the latter is a third-degree felony.

Mrasak will serve the 11 years for count one, followed by nine years of drug offender probation, according to St. Johns County public records. He will fulfill another five years of drug offender probation for count two concurrently with the probation charges from count one. For each year of probation, Mrasak will also complete 50 hours of community service. Mrasak’s driver’s license is suspended for life.

“It’s too bad because I think Derek’s a good guy and he made a stupid mistake,” said Terry Shoemaker, Mrasak’s attorney. “I think 11 years is a bit much for the circumstances because it was an accident. Obviously he should have stopped, but I think it was a young guy reacting instead of thinking.”

The state attorney for Stevenot, Jennifer Dunton, could not be reached for comment.