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By Jana Eschbach - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A local military veteran takes his own life in the court parking garage just moments before he was to be sentenced on fraud charges. He left a note saying the prosecutor "murdered me".

This is the first ever suicide-before-sentence death at a local courthouse on the Treasure Coast.

Former business owner Patrick Bock is guilty of racketeering and fraud for bilking hard-hit hurricane victims. Bock's mold remediation customers say they are out $250,000 after the storms of '04-and '05 in Indian River County for bogus work.

Set to face a judge for sentencing Wednesday at the Indian River County Court House, the prosecutor, Lev Evans, waited in court.

That's when Bock's attorney got the first text message around 8:30 a.m. saying "running late".

"I never got the sense that he took what I was doing as a personal attack on him until [Wednesday] today," said Evans.

Evans saw the second text message came in at 9. "I am dead in the parking garage. I again control my own destiny. Sorry Lev."

"He was a young man; it is a shame. It is not the way we wanted this case to end. It is very tragic." Evans continued, "Apparently, he left a note in the car that was either about me or addressed to me. I have not seen that."

The note found in the parking garage where Bock was parked said "Lev Evans murdered me".

Evans says it is possible Bock was coming for vengeance, and instead shot himself. "He had two guns. I don't know; I feel bad for him and his family, but also a little scared about this sort of thing."

Reporter asked, "Why are you scared?"

"He came to Vero with two guns and was angry at me, and I had never had - I did not sense that from him before."

Evans says he knows he is not to blame. Bock recently split from his wife and is a medal-winning Air Force and CIA veteran.

Bock was most likely going to be sentenced to prison for less than five years. Those close to the case told us, he had no one left.

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