John Lauseng, or as he was known to friends and colleagues, "John the Jeweler," was killed one month ago during a robbery attempt. He was shot in the back as he fled for his life.
Saturday, one of the men responsible for his death sat behind bars, after a judge denied the career criminal bond. Hasan Demario Jones is a two time state prison inmate, with a record ranging from drug charges to failing to register as a sex offender.
Lausengs former co-workers say it's a shame the two men can't switch places. "I think they need to go through the death penalty," said Frank Bagley, one of countless men put to work by Lauseng. Bagley's words represent strong sentiments shared by most everyone who called Lauseng friend. "I was really scared. I thought I was going to lose my life. It's thanks to John. He saved my life. I really miss John a lot," said Bagley.
Lauseng dedicated his life to helping those willing to help themselves. Turning countless lives around, simply by giving jobs to those most in need. "It was because of him that I was able to get a job. And then ultimately it ended up so that I could get my place. I got a place and I got a job, so I'm doing pretty good now," said Darryl Tilton another of Lauseng's employees.
"I loved John like a father. He was like a father figure to me. He wanted to make me rich just like him. Unfortunately, that never happened," said Bagley.
Detectives told Lauseng's co-workers that they are still following leads in their search for any other suspects in the case. Jones is awaiting trial in the Palm Beach County Jail.
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