Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida criminal law news and events

Suspect Charged with Four Counts of First-Degree Murder in Seminole Heights Slayings

A six-week-long manhunt came to a close last week after Tampa police apprehended the man they suspect of four killings in Seminole Heights. Following up on a tip from the manager of the fast-food restaurant at which he works, Tampa […]... [Read More]

Brandon Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Fatal Crash in 2016

A Brandon man has been charged with vehicular homicide for a death they say he caused in the course of a head-on car collision. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office charged 23-year-old Jacob Robin Albarracin with a single count of vehicular […]... [Read More]

Plant City Man Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Federal Prison in Cocaine-Distribution Conspiracy

A Plant City man will be spending the next 110 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to traffic cocaine on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel in 2016. According to federal prosecutors, Joseph Rumore was a significant […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Accused of DUI with Serious Injury After Allegedly Causing Wrong-Way Wreck on Campbell Causeway

A St. Petersburg man was arrested last week after authorities say he drove the wrong way while intoxicated on the Courtney Campbell Causeway and initiated a wreck that injured a handful of people. Police say that Collin John Cole piloted […]... [Read More]

Florida Executes Man Convicted of 1991 North Tampa Double Murder

The state of Florida put to death the third individual of the year last week when it carried out the death sentence given to Patrick Charles Hannon on Wednesday. Florida corrections officials ended Hannon’s life at ten minutes to nine […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Murder After Allegedly Shooting Teen in Argument About a Woman

Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies say an argument ended in a fatal shooting last Thursday, and county authorities have charged the surviving party of murder as a result. According to deputies, 17-year-old Tamichael Broadnax and 20-year-old Reynaldo Charles Hernandez became engaged in […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Hit and Run After Fatal Bicycle Accident

A Tampa man is facing charges after police say he fled the scene of an accident that left a bicyclist dead. According to police, Aristeo Antonio Pascual was navigating his bicycle on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to […]... [Read More]

Texas Woman Sentenced in Tampa to 40 Years in Prison on Fraud Convictions

A Texas woman was sentenced to four decades in federal prison in a Tampa courtroom last week after being convicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges. According to federal prosecutors, Priscilla Ann Ellis was part of a three-person conspiracy, […]... [Read More]

Deaf Tampa Man’s Bid for Parole in 1983 Murder Conviction Denied

A hearing-impaired Tampa man convicted of a 1981 murder will remain in prison until at least 2020 after state parole commissioners decline to consider his request for early release. Felix Garcia, now 56, was convicted in the summer of 1983 […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Murder After Allegedly Calling Neighbor to Car and Fatally Shooting Him

Witnesses say a Tampa man beckoned a neighbor to his car, produced a firearm from within it, and fatally shot him. Authorities say Matthew and Susan Downey were standing outside of their home in Sun Bay South last weekend when […]... [Read More]

Defense of a Woman Claimed as Rationale for Alleged Shooting Death in Lutz

A Lutz man arrested on suspicion of shooting to death another man allegedly told detectives that he did so to protect a woman the now-dead man had been abusing. Hillsborough deputies responded to a report of a wounded man Thursday […]... [Read More]

Suspect in Alleged Clair-Mel Double Murder Arrested in Orlando

A Tampa man was arrested in Orlando last week on suspicion of committing a double murder at a Clair-Mel filling station earlier in the week. Hillsborough County deputies say Raynald Joseph Lamothe is responsible for the killing on Tuesday of […]... [Read More]

Four-Hour Standoff with TPD Leads to Aggravated Assault Charges for New Tampa Man

A four-hour standoff with police netted a New Tampa man aggravated assault charges last week after police say the man whom they feared may harm himself fired upon officers. Tampa police say they received a report last Wednesday afternoon that […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Collared on Fourth DUI Since October

A Tampa resident has been picked up by authorities for the fourth time in under a year on suspicion of drunken driving. Hillsborough County deputies say Juan Gabriel Velasco-Arcos was witnessed by other drivers piloting his 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck […]... [Read More]

Tampa Coin Dealer Accused of Grand Theft After Allegedly Defrauding Customers Out of $220,000

A local coin dealer is being charged with a raft of grand theft counts as police say he defrauded over two dozen customers out of a combined total of almost a quarter million dollars. Pinellas County investigators allege the 55-year-old […]... [Read More]