Felonies

Seeds Planted by Brunvand in St. Pete Man’s Capital Murder Trial Blossom Into Conviction Reversal at Florida Supreme Court

A former United States Air Force sergeant’s death sentence for a pair of 2007 murders was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court last week thanks, in large part, to the work of Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney Bjorn Brunvand. […]... [Read More]

Alleged Wrong-Way Wreck Leads to DUI with Serious Injury Charge Against Brooksville Man

Pasco county authorities have preferred charges against a Brooksville man alleged to have driven the wrong way on a state road while intoxicated last fall, causing an accident. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Richard Lazavier Sandora piloted his 2002 Dodge […]... [Read More]

Former PCSO Deputy Tried on Charges of Drug Possession and Grand Theft

A former Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy went on trial last week on allegations that he stole prescription medication turned into the department for destruction and pawned his department-issued duty firearm. Steven Jared Smith is being charged with possession of hydrocodone, […]... [Read More]

Ex Mississippi LEO Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges in Poinciana Crash

A former law-enforcement officer from Mississippi is in the Polk County Jail today after allegedly striking five children while driving in a state of intoxication. Polk County sheriff’s deputies say John Luster Camfield was driving drunk when he hit five […]... [Read More]

Unflattering Remarks About St. Pete Man’s Girlfriend Leads to Alleged Knife Attack, Felony Murder Charge

Disparaging comments made about a St. Petersburg man’s significant other by his coworkers allegedly led him to attempt murdering one of them. So say authorities about an altercation at a Treasure Island eatery that took place early last week. Treasure […]... [Read More]

Gulfport Man, Two Others, OD on Drugs He Allegedly Brought to Pinellas County Jail

Three inmates of the Pinellas County Jail landed in the hospital after overdosing on drugs allegedly brought into the facility by one of their number. Robert Gilner was booked into jail early last week for driving under the influence and […]... [Read More]

Suicidal Comment Leads to Alleged Murder Victim and First-Degree Murder Charge for Tampa Man

An alleged suicidal comment led to the arrest of a Tampa man who authorities believe murdered his girlfriend. Last Saturday Hector Favio “Pops” Acevedo allegedly called his mother Maria Soto, telling her that he wished to end his own life. […]... [Read More]

Seminole Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Driving Eight Miles the Wrong Way on I-275 Through St. Pete

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Seminole man drove almost eight miles the wrong direction on Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg last Monday while intoxicated and without striking another driver. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Sanchez is alleged to have […]... [Read More]

Second Trial Yields Acquittal for Defendant in 2006 Oldsmar Homicide

The second time was a charm for a man first convicted six years ago for a 2006 murder, as a Pinellas County jury opted not to convict a Mississippi man again for the crime last week. Twenty-nine-year-old Hector Josue Vasquez-Padilla […]... [Read More]

Bail Remains at $1.5 Million for St. Pete Man Accused of Lighting Girlfriend Aflame

A St. Petersburg man who has been held in jail since last summer will remain there for the foreseeable future after his request for a lower bail was denied. Authorities say John Martin Riggins doused his then-girlfriend Sheron Pasco with […]... [Read More]

Navy Officer Charged with Fraud, Arson After House Fire

A twenty-six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy was arrested and charged with arson and insurance fraud last week after investigators say he set fire to his home in order to claim insurance benefits. Lieutenant Nolen John Zander’s home caught fire […]... [Read More]

Fatal Bar Fight Leads to Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

A game of pool at a St. Petersburg bar last week ended with one player dead and the other facing manslaughter charges. According to St. Petersburg police, Vincent Hollingsworth and Mario Renard Stephens were playing pool at a Bayview bar […]... [Read More]

Charges Filed Against Tampa Woman for Fatal Hit-and-Run on I-75

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Tampa woman last week in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident on Interstate 75 last May. Authorities say Rusty Lee Harris was walking on the inside northhbound lane of the freeway at the Sun […]... [Read More]

Guilty Plea to Tax Fraud Charges Earns Owner of Accounting Firm with Tampa Office Two Years in Federal Prison

The owner of a public accounting firm with an office in Tampa was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges. Walter Drakeford, Sr. entered a guilty plea on one count of interfering with […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Teen Charged with Second-Degree Murder After Man’s Corpse Found Aflame Behind Tampa Residence

A suspect in the slaying of a Tampa man whose corpse was found in flames turned himself in to authorities last Sunday. He’s now facing charges of second-degree murder for his alleged actions in connection with the case. Sigfredo Espinel […]... [Read More]

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