Machetto had only been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for a few weeks at the Paradise Lakes nudist community, but reports state that the two argued frequently.
Early Monday, the two were arguing over Machetto’s refusal to take medications prescribed to him after suffering a brain injury when Machetto was 14 or 15.
He’d been attacked by a group of teens who bashed the back of his head with a rock. The teen nearly died, but was never the same. According to the teen’s martial arts instructor for the last seven years, the teen was not aggressive, but had the emotional maturity level of a 13-year-old.
Machetto’s mother was unable to care for him full-time, so he would occasionally stay with his grandmother. This living arrangement resulted in Machett being charged with domestic violence against Schmitt in 2012, but Schmitt would eventually drop the charge.
However, this last argument between the two ended with Schmitt dead after a violent struggle. Police were alerted to the home after a neighbor watched Machetto place a wrapped bag into his grandmother’s minivan and then drive off. The neighbor said Schmitt’s feet were sticking out of the bag.
Police say Machetto drove around with his grandmother’s dead body for around five hours before deputies found him and tried to pull him over. Machetto kept driving, eventually making his way back to Paradise Lakes were he was arrested without incident.
Deputies described Machetto as expressionless and stoic. He said nothing during the arrest and has refused to talk with investigators, Machetto was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bond.Tags: Brandon Machetto, Crime, Florida, mental illness, Murder, teen