Friday, March 11, 2011


Daytona Beach, Florida (SafeCITY) - Richard Simmons, a 60-year-old Florida man was jailed after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the face and head because he was "tired of being used." Then rushed her to a hospital because he "couldn't live without her."

Police say Simmons and the victim, 46-year-old Michelle Prizo, were arguing Saturday night at the Crooks Den bar when he left her behind, drove home and began plotting how to kill her.

When Prizo called him Sunday afternoon and asked him to pick her up from her mother's house, he allegedly did so with a .22 caliber handgun.

Investigators say the couple drove back to the Crooks Den bar and argued again. Simmons reportedly purchased $40 worth of cocaine from a guy in the bathroom in an effort to calm his girlfriend down. When she told him that she didn't want to consume the drug at the bar, the couple left. En route, the woman asked Simmons to stop at a liquor store to buy beer and Vodka, which he did.

When Simmons returned to the vehicle, he reportedly noticed $100 missing from a hiding spot under the dash which initiated yet another argument between the couple. That's when he reportedly pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot, pulled out the handgun and shot the woman in the face.

Police say Prizo leaned over, told Simmons that she loved him and asked him to take her to her mother's house.

Instead, Simmons told the woman that she would be going to see her deceased father and then shot her again in the head.

Some time during the next few moments Simmons apparently had a change of heart.

Investigators say Simmons rushed the woman to a nearby urgent care facility where she is listed in critical but stable condition.

Detectives say that if she had been shot with a larger caliber weapon, she likely would not have survived her injuries.

Simmons was booked into jail on an attempted first-degree murder charge.

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