An investigation has determined a Sarasota man who shot an intruder last month did so in self-defense, but now he faces drug charges.
On Sept. 13, deputies were called to 1867 Rita St. in response to a burglary and subsequent shooting. Investigation revealed that when James S. Sasser, 36, forced his way through the front door of Robert Setti’s home, Setti armed himself with a shotgun and fired four rounds.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigated in consultation with the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office. Based on evidence recovered from the scene, detectives confirmed Setti shot Sasser in self-defense.
During the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for Setti's home. Detectives and crime scene analysts discovered more than 120 grams of ketamine, 11 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of marijuana and nearly 7 grams of MDMA.
Setti and Monica Esparza, 19, are charged with six counts each of possession of cocaine, meth, MDMA, ketamine, marijuana and paraphernalia. Kathryn Vesh, 31, is charged with possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia.
All three turned themselves in Monday. Vesh remains in custody on $2,000 bond while Esparza also remains in custody on outstanding charges from Charlotte County. Setti was released late Monday evening on $5,500 bond.