Valrico Couple Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding HSBC

Valrico resident Michelle Guy was sentenced this week to 48 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Her husband and co-defendant Kevin Guy was sentenced last month to 37 months in prison for his […]... [Read More]

Sarasota Man Pleads Guilty to Flying Under the Influence

The U.S. Attorney in Tampa announced earlier this month that Philip Lavoie of Sarasota pleaded guilty to operating a common carrier while under the influence of alcohol. These types of cases can be tried in federal court because of the […]... [Read More]

Seffner Man Charged After Discovery of Meth Lab

Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip that someone was manufacturing methamphetamine at a local motel, Hillsborough County deputies found an active lab beneath the bathroom sink in a room at the Masters Inn Tampa East in Seffner this week, according […]... [Read More]

Tampa Family Faces Aggravated Manslaughter Charges in Death of Disabled Woman

Mary Winston’s family – her husband and three adult children – have been charged with aggravated manslaughter in her October 2012 death. Mary Winston had such severe rheumatoid arthritis that she couldn’t move and depended on her family for care […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Unintentional Shooting

This week, Larry Jay Reed was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus five years of probation in the 2010 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Anastasia Boyd. A jury found Reed guilty of manslaughter after trial this spring. Prosecutors […]... [Read More]

Brunvand to Represent Delmer Smith in Hearing Seeking New Trial

As reported this week in the Bradenton Herald, Delmer Smith will once again be in a Manatee County courtroom next week, seeking a new trial for his murder conviction in the slaying of Kathleen Briles. Bjorn Brunvand of this office […]... [Read More]

Guilty & Not Guilty Verdicts in Tampa Fraud Trial

After a two-and-a-half month trial and almost three weeks of deliberation, a federal jury in Tampa found four health care corporation executives guilty of charges of submitting fraudulent reports to the state Medicaid program. The execs were found not guilty […]... [Read More]

Brandon Man Acquitted of Killing Wife’s Lover

We reported here last month that Brandon resident Ralph Wald was on trial for the murder of Walter Conley. Conley was an on-again/off-again lover of Wald’s wife who was shot and killed in Wald’s wife after Wald discovered the two […]... [Read More]

Tampa Staffing Agency Employee Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft in Tax Fraud Case

Jennifer Meier Hunt, a former employee at Tampa-based staffing agency Kforce, pleaded guilty this week to charges related to stealing workers’ identity information for use in tax refund fraud. Hunt was charged in federal court in Tampa with theft of […]... [Read More]

Self-Defense Claimed in Brandon Murder Trial

Seventy-one year old Ralph Wald, a retired Army colonel, retired lawyer and Vietnam veteran, is on trial this week in Tampa for the March 10 killing of Walter Lee Conley, 32. Wald is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Conley […]... [Read More]

Man Arrested for DUI, Child Neglect at Tampa International Airport

Over the weekend, a 40-year-old man was arrested at Tampa International Airport, accused of driving while intoxicated with his 6-year-old son in the car. An airport police officer stopped Bradley Walker Younger about 9 p.m. after receiving reports of an […]... [Read More]

Arizona Jury Deadlocked on Death Penalty Decision

In a capital murder trial that has captivated national media for months, an Arizona jury appears to be deadlocked in the determining the recommended penalty against accused murderer Jodi Arias. As of this writing, jurors had deliberated for less than […]... [Read More]

Former Tampa Bay Lawyer Extradited from Nicaragua on Fraud Charges

Former Tampa Bay area attorney Lawrence Hartman was deported by Nicaraguan authorities deported last week and sent back to Florida where he faces fraud charges in Tampa’s federal court. He is accused of  participating in a $137 million fraud and […]... [Read More]

Death Penalty Possible in Seffner Murder and Rape Case

Kenneth Ray Jackson was scheduled to be sentenced this week after having been convicted of raping and killing Cuc Thu Tran, a Seffner mother of three, in 2007. The hearing was rescheduled for June 5. A jury found Jackson guilty […]... [Read More]

Hillsborough County Man Charged with Murder for Killing Unborn Child

John “Andrew” Welden, the son of a Lutz fertility doctor, has been charged with first-degree murder and product tampering in Tampa’s federal court. Federal prosecutors alleged Welden killed an ex-girlfriend’s unborn child by tricking her into taking an abortion drug. […]... [Read More]

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