Domestic Violence turned Orchestrated Burglary

March 27, 2019

Man in jail for domestic violence against wife directs her to steal money for bail

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

A Hardee County inmate is being additionally charged with four crimes after being arrested for domestic violence against his wife, then violating the judge’s order not to contact her, when he called her from jail to orchestrate a burglary in order to pay for his bail.

The investigation began on March 4, 2019 around 6 a.m., when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at the Murphy USA gas station located within the Walmart plaza at 1484 U.S. Hwy. 17 in Wauchula, Florida.  As deputies arrived, they spoke to Sosha Peters, who stated her husband, “Jason Peters,” hit her in the back of the head and forcefully pushed her into the seat of their vehicle during an argument before he fled on foot to Walmart. After further discussing the incident, she also told law enforcement there was marijuana inside the vehicle, and after searching, deputies not only located the marijuana, but methamphetamine as well.

            When questioned about the methamphetamine, she said only the marijuana was hers and the methamphetamine belonged to her husband, whose real name was Michael Meadows, not “Jason Peters.” Peters also said she and Meadows are actually from North Carolina and the purpose of coming to Wauchula was to meet with an individual to pick up a kilo of methamphetamine, which they would transport back to North Carolina.

            While investigating this incident, deputies located Meadows in front of Walmart and arrested him for domestic battery and found he also had marijuana and drug equipment containing methamphetamine.  

            On March 5, 2019, Meadows, who was ordered by the judge not to have any contact with the victim, Sosha Peters, violated his court order by calling her from the Hardee County Jail just four hours after he was specifically told not to. Investigators intercepted Meadows’ message to Peters in which he tells her to come back to Hardee County from North Carolina and gives her detailed instructions on how to burglarize the home of an individual they both know and use the money to bail him out of jail.  Investigators searched the area where the potential victim was thought to be living, but unfortunately no contact was made.

            The next day, the sheriff’s office received a call from the same area that was previously searched in response to the theft of a 9mm Taurus handgun, which Peters was immediately identified as the suspect. Before investigators left the sheriff’s office to locate her, it was discovered she was already in the parking lot speaking to a deputy in regards to a separate complaint. After being questioned by investigators, she admitted to breaking into the residence and stealing the gun, in which she sold to an individual she didn’t know. Not only did she sell the stolen gun, but she also provided the buyer with a hand written receipt displaying a fake name with her actual cell phone number.

Needless to say, Peters was arrested and booked into the Hardee County Jail. She and Meadows’ collective charges include grand theft of a firearm, burglary of a dwelling structure, petit theft, violation of conditional release and dealing in stolen property.

“Trust me, we didn’t make this up, stuff like this happens more often than you think! We’re glad these conniving criminals are behind bars.” – Arnold Lanier, Sheriff