The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 25, 2014

Ex-Bucknell football player back in prison

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — A parole violation landed a former Bucknell University football player back in prison in Pennsylvania, and now Florida officials hope to get more information from the man, whom they suspect in the 2010 disappearance of a Florida woman.

Probation was revoked for Antwan Kennedy, 30, now sentenced to six months to 5 years in state prison for violating conditions of his parole, Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson confirmed.

Kennedy appeared before President Judge Michael Sholley on Feb. 3, according to court documents.

Florida officials filed with Union County following Kennedy’s August conviction in Broward County, Fla., on a charge of filing a false accident report. Police there believe Kennedy is linked to the 2010 disappearance of Lynda Meier, 40, of Hallandale Beach, the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper reported Feb. 20.

The day Meier disappeared, Kennedy allegedly spoke with her by phone before she withdrew money from a bank ATM, the newspaper reported. Kennedy and another male suspect both are incarcerated on charges unrelated to the case; neither has been charged in Meier’s disappearance, officials said.

The Sun Sentinel reported Meier met Kennedy when he was 13 and she was volunteering to work with troubled youths in Miami. He later went on to play football at Bucknell.

It was at Bucknell in October 2003 that Kennedy and another student fired a high-powered pellet gun on campus and struck three students. He was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced in June 2005 to 16 months to 5 years in state prison, followed by 24 months of probation.

Kennedy was paroled from state prison in 2007, Johnson said, and probation and subsequent supervision were transferred to Florida. The probation violation landed him back in Pennsylvania, Johnson said.

In 2007, Kennedy was charged with second-degree murder and armed burglary in the shooting death of 19-year-old Shenique Shorter. He was not convicted.

There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Meier’s disappearance, the Sun Sentinel reported. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward County police at (954) 457-1400 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.