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FLORIDA TODAY 4B SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2008 Bite victim says he will surf again Man pleads guilty, gets life sentence in woman's slaying BITE, from IB "He has always been 'Mr. Shark He's always giving me books about sharks or advice on how to avoid being bitten by a shark, and he's the guy ho ends up getting Dr. LanceMaki, regarding Michael Dvorak Michael Shane Townson of Orlando pleaded guilty to beating Tltusvllle mother Sherri Carman to death with a teel pipe. According to the International Shark Attack File, there have been 90 shark attacks in Brevard since 1882 compared to Volusia's 210. Overall, there were 32 shark attacks in Florida lastyear.

Though aggravated and still a bit stunned this happened to him, Dvorak said he's lucky the shark was only sampling. "This has cost me a month of my life," he said, acknowledging it could have been much worse. "It was definitely an exploratory bite. He could have taken my foot if he wanted." The coroorate Realtor was the water and not wearing flashy jewelry. "He has always been 'Mr.

Shark paranoia'," said Maki, an obstetrician. "He's always giving me books about sharks or advice on how to avoid being bitten by a shark, and he's the guy who ends up getting chomped." Because he left the beach so quickly and got his own treatment, Dvorak said his attack was never recorded in the Interna-tional Shark Attack file. Maki thinks this might be enough to keep Dvorak from the water permanently. Not so, says the short-boarder, who remains in favor of protecting sharks from being overfished. "I'll definitely get back up on that horse," Dvorak said.

"But it will probably be Contact Torrea at 242-3649 or BY KEYONNA SUMMERS FLORIDA TODAY An Orlando man who blu-geoned to death a friend until her face was unrecognizable will spend the rest of his life in prison after accepting a plea deal this week. Michael Shane Townson, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the January 2007 beating death of Sherri Carman. Circuit Judge Charles Holcomb ordered Townson ineligible for parole, court records show. Prosecutor Susan Stewart said Townson accepted her plea offer said he "freaked out" thinking he might bleed to death.

Looking back a month later, he realizes it was never a life-threatening situation. Close friend and fellow surfer, Dr. Lance Maki, said he first met Dvorak at a surfing camp in California when Maki was living in Indiana. From almost the minute they met, Maki said Dvorak was offering tips on how not to attract sharks including not urinating in a wave when he felt something take hold of his foot. He looked down and saw a shark clamping down and shaking its head from side to side.

That's when survival instincts took over. "I couldn't believe what was happening," he recalled. "I started punching the shark in the nose, I don't know how many times, and I got away." When he got to shore, Dvorak among 20 to 30 surfers bobbing lazily on their boards opposite Patrick Air Force Base waiting for best," Stewart said of the state's decision to offer the plea. Police last year found the Carman's body under a pile of clothes in the laundry room of herVirgina Avenue home after what they think was an argument between the longtime friends. Authorities said Carman may have made a comment that "enraged Townson, who grabbed a 3 'i- to 4-foot-long galvanized steel pipe and struck the Titus-ville mother of three at least 12 times on the head.

Townson then drove to Orlando in her car and traded it for crack cocaine, police said. The homicide was Brevard's first in 2007.1 Contact Summers at 242-3642 or mm UmlEE 4 I 1 The end of March at this location SOL AT E. Innovation in Daylighting. Bring Natural Light Into just before a scheduled hearing was to begin Thursday on a defense motion to throw out his confession.

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