Damien Gilliams and Son Plead Not Guilty, Demand Jury Trial

Damien Gilliams and son Damien Lee Fey Gilliams
Damien Gilliams and son Damien Lee Fey Gilliams

One day before their arraignment, Damien Gilliams and his son Damien Lee Fey Gilliams entered a plea of not guilty and will now demand a jury trial. 

As a result, a new hearing will take place on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The father and son face a charge of filing a false police report of an alleged crime.

According to the police report, the disgraced former City Councilman and his son accused Sebastian Vice Mayor Jim Hill of battery at the courthouse during the criminal trial of Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris. Hill was there to testify in the case and denies the allegation. 

Gilliams accuses Hill of intentionally running into his 28-year-old son outside a courtroom, the police report says.

However, investigators with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office told Sebastian Daily that video footage obtained from the courthouse shows no alleged incident involving Hill and the Gilliams family.

As a result, an arrest warrant was issued for Gilliams and his son on June 25, 2021. They turned themselves in at the county jail for booking the same day. 

Damien and his son, who own and operate the No Name Bar in Sebastian, are represented by Vero Beach attorney Bobby Guttridge.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.