Leonard Gonzalez, Jr.

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Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. is a Gulf Breeze martial arts instructor who, on July 9, 2009, led a group into the home of Byrd and Melanie Billings, killing the couple in the presence of their adopted special needs children.

Gonzalez allegedly planned the home invasion to steal a safe he believed contained $13 million. The safe, containing only some jewelry, prescription medicines and family documents, was later discovered buried on property owned by Pamela Long Wiggins. Other alleged conspirators in the home invasion and murders included Wayne Coldiron, Rakeem Florence, Frederick Thornton, Donnie Stallworth, Gary Sumner, and Leonard Gonzalez, Sr., his father, who allegedly drove the getaway van.

On October 28, 2010, a jury convicted Gonzalez on two counts of first-degree murder and home-invasion robbery.