HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Cortnee Brantley, the former girlfriend of the convicted killer Dontae Morris, was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief after a fight with her domestic partner, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Brantley had her first court appearance Sunday on the new charges. Her bond was set at $2,000 for the criminal mischief and $100,000 for the domestic battery charge. Prosecutors requested that Brantley be held until a US Marshal can pick her up to begin her serving her federal sentence.
Brantley was supposed to turn herself in to the authorities on Monday to begin serving 12 months and one day sentence for misprision of felony imposed in July 2013.
Brantley and her partner Leandra Echevarria, 25, were driving home from Brantley’s ‘going away’ party. The women have lived together for about a month “in a domestic and sexually active relationship” according to HCSO.
On the drive from the party, the women picked up a fight. Echevarria was driving when Brantley tried to grab the steering wheel. Echevarria parked her car and got out trying to run away from Brantley, according to the HCSO affidavit.
Brantley caught her, grabbed her by the hand and started beating her up, hitting the woman’s head with her fists. Brantley tore Echevarria’s necklace off her neck. Echevarria managed to get away and found somebody to help her call 911.
When they were on the phone with the emergency personnel, they saw Brantley pick up a large piece of concrete and begin to damage the victim’s car, a Chrysler Crossfire. Brantley damaged the majority of the panels on the car, shattered the headlights and taillights, and threw the concrete block through the driver’s window, HCSO deputies said. The total value of the damage was estimated at approximately $3,000.
Brantley was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County jail without incident. She is charged with Felony Criminal Mischief with Property Damage Over $1000 and Domestic Violence Simple Battery.