heather swallers

A rarely seen photograph of Lisa Connelly and Alice Willis.  Both were both sentenced in their roles of the murder of Bobby Kent in 1993 along with Martin Puccio, Donald Semenec, Derek Kaufman, Derek Dzvirko, and Heather Swallers.  
Although Lisa Connelly was sentenced to life in prison, she was released in February 2004.  Alice Willis was sentenced to 40 years and released in 2011.  The only three that remain incarcerated are Martin Puccio, Donald Semenec, and Derek Kaufman.
It is said that Lisa Connelly was pregnant at the time by Martin Puccio and gave birth to their child.  She now lives a private life with their daughter.


The Murder of Bobby Kent

Bobby Kent was 19-years-old when he was lured out to the marshes in South Florida with the promise of alcohol and sex. Once there, he was savagely murdered by a group of his friends, including his best friend, 19-year-old Martin Puccio. Puccio and Kent had been best friends since they were little kids. Living on the same block, they would hang out almost every single day. However, everything wasn’t as peachy as it seemed. Puccio had a secret hatred towards Kent as Kent would often belittle him, brutally beat him up and constantly mock him. Before the murder of Kent, Puccio began dating 18-year-old Lisa Connelly. Connelly was annoyed at how much time Puccio would spend with Kent. As a result, she decided to set Kent up with her best friend 17-year-old Ali Willis. The relationship turned sour as Kent began to rape and abuse Willis who put an end to the relationship. Puccio was then back to spending all his time with Kent. He was too afraid to say no to Kent, who would become enraged and attack him if he ever said anything negative towards him. Puccio eventually confided in Connelly that Kent was also abusive towards him, as well as Willis. Connelly came up with an idea of how to get rid of Kent - they would murder him.

At approximately 11.30 p.m. on the 14th of July, Connelly and Willis went to Puccio’s home. Willis brought along her new boyfriend 17-year-old Donny Semenec and her other friend, 18-year-old Heather Swallers. Connelly’s cousin Derek Dzvirko and teenage ‘hit man’ Derek Kaufman also came. They were ready to murder Kent. They brought along a lead pipe, two knives and a baseball bat and lured Kent up to the Florida marshes. Willis took Kent to the edge of the water to distract him, it was here that Semenec ran up behind Kent and stabbed him in the neck. Kent called out to Puccio for help, but instead Puccio stabbed him in the stomach. Kent attempted to escape but was chased by Puccio and Semenec, both of who stabbed him numerous times. When he was finally on the ground Puccio slit his throat. Surprisingly, this didn’t kill him - he was still squirming on the ground, gazing up for help. Kaufman delivered the final blow - a baseball bat to the skull. They then dumped him in the water, hoping that the alligators would eat him so that the body would never been found. Their hopes were squandered when the body lay out in the marshes, untouched.

Martin Puccio was sentenced to life in prison.Donny Semenec was sentenced to life in prison. Derek Kaufman was sentenced to life plus 30 years. Lisa was sentenced to 22 years, she was released in 2004. Alice Willis was sentenced to 17 years in prison, she was released in 2001. Derek Dzvirko served 6 years in state prison. Heather Swallers served 5 years and was released on parole in 1998.

Bully, by Jim Schutze, is based on this crime.