WEST PALM BEACH — Upon further review, prosecutors in Palm Beach County dropped three serious gun-related charges leveled earlier this month against radio talk show host Rick Sessa, a loud critic of Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former candidate for the top law enforcement job.
According to court records exclusively obtained by Gossip Extra, prosecutors with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office dropped felony charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, battery and armed trespassing.
Combined, they could’ve sent Sessa, a retired Riviera Beach Police vice squad boss who’s the founder of a motorcycle club open only to retired LEO, to a state prison for more than 10 years.
Incidentally, Sessa was arrested by a Riviera Beach PD officers he once supervised.
Prosecutors dropped the three charges after they interviewed the star witness, a long-time jail bird who accused Sessa of following him home from a bar on Singer Island then roughing him up in an argument over the sale of drugs in the alleged victim’s building.
“There were discrepancies between his complaint to police and his second interview by prosecutors,” said a source close to the case who asked not to be quoted by name. “The witness claims police made up a bunch of details that didn’t exist.”
Like the fact Sessa threatened the witness, Donald S. Flewellen, with a silver-plated gun he pulled from the back of his waistband.
Flewellen, by the way, was once sentenced to 25 years in prison for his killing of two people in a DUI car accident. He was released in 2015 and is still on probation. Records show his rap sheet also includes burglary and theft.
Sessa isn’t home-free by any stretch, however.
Prosecutors filed a new felony count of burglary against the former police commander, whose police radio show on 900 AM The Talk Of The Palm Beaches has been suspended until the case is resolved.
Flewellen claims Sessa still put his hands on him during the argument and entered his condo without permission.
A hearing is scheduled in a West Palm Beach courtroom April 24.
Sessa declined comment while the case remains open.