UPS driver found guilty for punching female co-worker because he wanted to finish work early

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Derrick Shaw
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James Otis Robinson III

James Otis Robinson III was found guilty as charged with Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm.

The jury returned the guilty verdict Friday evening, following a one-day trial in Lee

On January 6, 2020, while finishing up her route, a UPS delivery driver was attacked by her co-worker, who wanted to leave before the route was over.

The defendant punched the victim twice then threw her to the ground. He then began kicking her before he ran away.

The victim, Karen Brickner, says she still thinks about the attack. “I relive it pretty much every day. I do. I have nightmares still,” said Brickner.

The victim sustained numerous injuries. The incident was captured on a security camera in the neighborhood. The Fort Myers Police Department handled the investigation.

Before they could finish the route, Robinson III began punching and kicking her while they were in the Botanica Lakes community in Fort Myers.

Now, the victim has gotten justice against her former co-worker. While the victim says he still has nightmares from time to time, she can breathe again. But after these two years, she still feels some physical pain.

“My left eye is still blurry. I go for Botox once a month because of the headaches. Sometimes I’m in there for days in the dark just to get rid of them,” Brickner said.

Brickner says the attack took her future from her. “everybody says that I’m not the person I used to be. I used to be the tough one. You know I don’t feel tough anymore,” she said.

When Robinson III was found guilty of Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm, the victim says she shed tears. “I cried, but I was I can breathe again because he’s behind bars,” said Brickner.

This guilty verdict ends years’ worth of living in fear for her. “I did go in that courtroom. And I did testify, and I put him away. So I guess I’m tougher than I think I am,” Brickner said.

Assistant State Attorney Olivia Ferrell and Lee County Circuit Court Chief Assistant State Attorney Tyler Lovejoy, prosecuted the case. Sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

A neighbors security camera caught the incident on camera. That video was used as evidence during the trial.

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