Date of Sentence:
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Doorbal was convicted and
sentenced for the kidnapping, extortion, and attempted murder of Marc
Schiller, as well as the kidnapping and murders of Frank Griga and
Kidnapping, Extortion, and
Attempted Murder of Marc Schiller
Marc Schiller was a successful
businessman who owned an accounting firm and hired Jorge Delgado to help
with his business. Delgado often visited Schiller’s house, and the two
eventually became good friends. Delgado also became friends with Daniel
Lugo, who was employed at Sun Gym, where Delgado exercised. Eventually,
Lugo began joining Delgado in trips to Schiller’s house.
In 1994, Schiller questioned
Delgado’s business practices, which caused an argument between the two.
Schiller and Delgado severed their business ties, and on the advice of
Lugo, Delgado hired John Mese to be an accountant.
Delgado that Schiller had cheated the two of them in billing operations.
Delgado testified that Lugo produced documents to back up his claims.
When questioned by Delgado, Schiller denied any wrong doing.
It was at
this time that Lugo, along with several associates, including Noel Doorbal and two other individuals recruited by Lugo from Sun Gym, made a
plan to kidnap Schiller and force him to sign over assets Lugo believed
Schiller owed him (Lugo) and Delgado.
Although Delgado had originally
told Lugo he wanted nothing to do with the plan, he became very involved
in the plot. Delgado gave specific information to Lugo about
Schiller’s life, work schedule, home, and family life. Lugo, Doorbal,
and the others then secretly observed Schiller.
After a few attempts, the group
was successful in kidnapping Schiller on 11/15/94. They took him to a
warehouse Delgado had rented. Lugo demanded that Schiller sign over his
assets to him. After Schiller refused, the group began beating him and
shocking him with a stun gun. Schiller finally agreed after Lugo had
threatened to harm Schiller’s wife and children.
unwillingly signing checks and documents, giving Lugo possession of his
property and assets. During this time, Schiller was blindfolded so he
could not see what he was signing. Mese became involved in the crimes
by using his position as a notary public to verify the signing of the
checks and documents.
During Schiller’s captivity, the group entered
Schiller’s house and stole items and charged items with Schiller’s
credit cards. Three weeks into the kidnapping, Doorbal and Delgado
convinced Lugo that the group needed to kill Schiller because he could
possibly identify some, if not all, of those involved in the kidnapping
In the fourth week of the
abduction, a plan was constructed to kill Schiller by staging the murder
to appear to be a fatal drunk-driving accident. The group forced
Schiller to consume a large amount of alcohol. Lugo took Schiller’s car
and ran it into a utility pole to make it appear as though Schiller was
involved in an accident.
They took Schiller to the car and put him in
the front seat, then poured gasoline over the vehicle and set it on
fire. The group was leaving the scene in another car when they saw
Schiller in the road. Lugo and Doorbal then told the driver to run him
over, which the driver did. They left the scene, convinced that
Schiller was dead.
They found out later that Schiller had actually
survived and, at his request, was transported to New York to
recuperate. While Schiller was in New York, Lugo and his group emptied
his house and bank accounts. Schiller was able to identify Lugo in his
testimony because he recognized Lugo’s voice during his abduction.
Extortion, and Murders of Frank Griga & Krisztina Furton
Doorbal, through his girlfriend
at the time, learned of the wealth of a local businessman, Frank Griga,
and his girlfriend, Krisztina Furton. Doorbal relayed this information
to Lugo, and they planned to kidnap and extort the couple.
Lugo and Doorbal planned to
visit Griga under the guise of presenting a business proposition, and
they planned to gain his confidence through this encounter; however,
Griga was not interested. During their second visit on 05/24/95, Lugo
and Doorbal were to carry out the abduction, but Lugo aborted the
The next plan was to lure the
couple to Doorbal’s apartment, with an invitation to dinner. On
05/25/95, the couple followed Lugo and Doorbal to Doorbal’s apartment.
When Delgado visited Doorbal’s apartment that evening, he was informed
that Griga was killed during a fight with Doorbal.
Once Furton knew
Griga was seriously hurt, she started screaming. It was at that time
that Lugo restrained her and injected her with Rompun, a horse
tranquilizer, to subdue her. They then focused on Furton for
information about the code to enter and burglarize Griga’s home.
Doorbal had carried Furton to the bottom of the stair case where she
began to scream again. She was then injected a second time with the
horse tranquilizer. After answering a few questions, Furton decided not
to supply them with any more information. They injected her with a
third dose of the tranquilizer. At this point, John Raimondo, a
corrections officer whom Lugo had hired to kill Furton and dispose of
both the bodies, arrived. He neither killed Furton, nor disposed of the
Lugo went to Griga’s house with
what he thought was the code to get in the house. Once he realized he
did not have the correct code, he called Doorbal, who informed Lugo that
Furton was dead. When Lugo returned to Doorbal’s apartment, he told
Delgado to go home and to return to Doorbal’s apartment the next morning
with a truck.
The next morning both bodies
were loaded onto the truck and were taken to a warehouse in Hialeah.
After Lugo and Doorbal had purchased the necessary equipment, they
proceeded to dismember the bodies with a hatchet and chainsaw. They
also attempted to burn the heads, hands and feet in a metal drum. Lugo
and Doorbal removed everything from Doorbal’s apartment that had blood
on it, including carpet and computer equipment, and stored the items in
the storage area of Lugo’s apartment.
On 05/27/95, Lugo made a trip to
the Bahamas to gain access to Griga’s bank account, but was unsuccessful
and returned to Miami. On 05/28/95, Lugo, Doorbal and another man
disposed of the torsos, arms, and legs of the bodies in metal drums that
were left at a site in southern Dade County. The heads, hands, and feet
were disposed of separately in the Everglades.
Lugo escaped to the Bahamas,
where he was arrested in June 1995 based on information supplied to
police by his girlfriend at the time. Doorbal was linked to the crimes
by information obtained through police investigation and questioning of
associates linked to the disappearance of Griga and Furton and the
kidnapping and extortion of Schiller.
- Indicted on 10/02/96 and sentenced on 07/17/98 (Case# 95-17381-C):
Count I - Conspiracy to
Commit Racketeering – 30 years
Count II - Racketeering – 30
Count III - First-Degree
Murder (Furton) – Death
Count IV - First-Degree Murder
(Griga) – Death
Count V - Kidnapping – Life
Count VI - Kidnapping – Life
Count VIII - Attempted Extortion
– 5 years
Count IX - Grand Theft Auto – 5
Count X - Attempted
First-Degree Murder – Life
Count XI - Armed Kidnapping –
Count XII - Armed Robbery – 15
Count XIII - Burglary
– 15 years
Count XIV - Grand
Theft (Second-Degree) – 15 years
Count XV - Grand
Theft Auto – 5 years
Count XVI - Possession
of an Identification Plate – 5 years
Count XVII - Arson – 30 years
Count XVIII - Extortion – 30 years
Count XIX - Money Laundering
(Counts XIX – XXVII) – 15 years
Count XXVIII - Forgery
(Counts XXVIII, XXXI, XXXIV, XXVII, XL, XLIII) – 5 years each
Count XXX - Uttering a
Forged Instrument (Counts XXX, XXIII, XXXVI, IXL, XLII, XLV)– 5 years each
Count XLVI - Conspiracy
to Commit a First-Degree Felony – 15 years
- Mese was indicted on 10/02/96 (Case# 95-17381-F) for the kidnapping,
extortion, and murders of Griga and Furton and the kidnapping and
extortion of Marc Schiller. A jury returned guilty verdicts on all
counts of the indictment; however, the judge set aside the convictions
pertaining to the Griga/Furton crimes. On 07/20/98, Mese was
sentenced to 56 years imprisonment for the kidnapping and extortion of
Mese appealed and the State cross-appealed the sentence to the Florida
District Court of Appeal, Third District. On 06/19/02, the DCA ruled
that the trial judge improperly set aside the two RICO convictions and
ordered a new sentencing hearing to be conducted on those counts.
01/15/03, Mese was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for one count of
Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering.
- Raimondo was indicted on 10/02/96 (Case# 95-17381-I) on one count each
of Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, First-Degree Murder (Furton),
Kidnapping (Furton), and Attempted Extortion. The State nolle prossed
all but the kidnapping charge, and Raimondo was convicted and sentenced
to eight years imprisonment for the crime.