From the Office of the State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Amira D. Fox, State Attorney
January 13, 2020
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 in 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 and a young man on a break from college
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, as well as with so many attending 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
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.
“I want to thank each of these agencies for the focus they have given and patience, to putting this
case together so that it could be prosecuted. Today’s plea agreement alleviates the victims and
their families from having to live through the details of this crime again,” said State Attorney
State Attorney Fox, Assistant State Attorney Dan Feinberg, and Assistant State Attorney Tyler
Lovejoy handled this case.
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