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Local bikers raise money in honor of Phoebe Jonchuck

Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 25, 2018

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — It has been four years since 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck's tragic death. Despite the time that's passed, the pain remains.

"It still bothers me," said Louis Falco.

A jury found John Jonchuck guilty of first degree murder two weeks ago. He admitted to throwing his daughter from the Dick Misener Bridge back in 2015. Jonchuck was sentenced to life in prison.

"I can't fathom how he could do something like that," said Falco.

Jonchuck was originally deemed incompetent to stand trial. He was taken to the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center to treat his mental illness.

Falco is in the biker group that started a scholarship fundraiser in Phoebe's name back in 2015. They have done this for the last three years. None of them are related to the family.

The bikers were moved to get involved after hearing Phoebe's story. The group postponed this year's event until after the trial.

"I want this to be about Phoebe," Falco said. "I think there's just too much going on with the trial right now, and even this could get clouded."

Falco's group has raised over $13,000 since 2015. Every dime has gone to a deserving college student.

"We're going to make sure that little girl is remembered every year," said Falco.

Falco and many in his did not watch coverage of the trial, but were pleased when they heard the verdict.

"I wouldn't have a problem with him sitting in jail for the rest of his life," said Falco.