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Former Sen. Greg Evers, advocate for law enforcement, dead at 62.

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TALLAHASSEE — Former State Sen. Greg Evers, the Baker Florida strawberry farmer and veteran politician, was killed in a single car crash hear his home in Okaloosa County. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the death late Tuesday, but deferred any further information pending an investigation. He was 62.

Evers, who left the Senate in 2016 to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress, was born in Milton on his family's farm, later attending Pensacola Community College. He took over his family's fertilizer business and moved it to Baker, where he grew cotton, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, corn and strawberries. He was fond of preparing strawberry ice cream and delivering it to his Senate colleagues in Tallahassee.

A passionate advocate for law enforcement and corrections officers, he became a vigorous critic of the Florida Department of Corrections and the Gov. Rick Scott administration for failing to adequately pay and staff the state's prisons.

As chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Evers scrutinized the DOC's treatment of several members of the inspector general's staff by having staffers testify about their allegations of cover-up and abuse within the agency.

Evers was first elected to the state House in 2001, where he served until 2010 when he ran for the state Senate.

Contact Mary Ellen Klas at meklas@miamiherald.com. Follow @MaryEllenKlas

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