Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida criminal law news and events

Suspect in July Tampa Murder Arrested in Polk County

Authorities in Polk county say they have apprehended the man who killed a Tampa man last month after an argument. According to Tampa police, Julius R. Carter and Dejonta Felder were arguing in the street in the Florence Villa neighborhood […]... [Read More]

Oldsmar Man Allegedly Offers Arresting Officer $10,000 Bribe After DUI Arrest

Tampa police say an Oldsmar man attempted to bribe an officer after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and possessing illegal drugs. Tampa PD Officer Douglass Bailey says he witnessed a late-model Acura sedan being driven erratically […]... [Read More]

Fatal Wreck in November Leads to DUI Manslaughter Arrest This Month for Valrico Man

HCSO deputies arrested a Valrico man last week on suspicion of initiating a fatal car accident while intoxicated last November. Andrew John Wallace Jr. was allegedly piloting his 2003 Nissan 350Z on Brandon Parkway just past midnight in late November […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to Almost a Decade in Prison on Federal Wire Fraud Conviction

Already serving a sentence for allegedly engaging in a similar scheme, a Tampa man received almost a decade more to serve in federal prison last week for a new conviction on charges of investment fraud. Anthony J. Klatch Jr. stood […]... [Read More]

Alleged Drug Robbery Gone Bad Nets Tampa Man Charge of Felony Murder

Authorities say a drug deal gone bad led to a fatal shooting at an apartment complex in the North Tampa neighborhood last week. Tampa police arrested Alexeis Perez whom they say killed Antonio Roman around midday last Wednesday. According to […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged in Busch Gardens Motel Slaying

A Tampa man with a significant history in the Florida prison system was arrested last week, accused of a shooting death at a Busch Gardens hotel. Tampa police arrested Christopher Lee Carithers in front of an East Tampa residence on […]... [Read More]

Former HARC Exec Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison After Guilty Plea

The former chief financial officer of a private agency dedicated to helping the mentally disabled will be spending two years in federal prison for allegedly illegally diverting Social Security payments from individuals under their care. Frank Pannullo was also sentenced […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Inebriated Plant City Man Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges After Running Red Light and Striking Motorcyclist

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Plant City man was legally intoxicated when he piloted his vehicle through a red light and fatally struck a motorcyclist. Jorge Alberto Mejia Perez was driving his Nissan Maxima westbound on Knights […]... [Read More]

DUI Manslaughter Charges for Tampa Man in Connection with Fatal Wreck in November

The Tampa Police Department arrested a man last week they say is responsible for the death of a motorcyclist last November. Authorities accuse Nelson Froilan Massanet-Beltran of being inebriated when he was driving down Sheldon Road on a November evening […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to 5-1/2 Years in Prison on Federal Money Laundering Charges

A Tampa man was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in federal prison last week after admitting in January to laundering money for financial hackers. Anthony R. Murgio wept as he told a U.S. district judge in Manhattan that he made significant […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges for Man Who Allegedly Shoots Girlfriend at East Tampa Filling Station

Little is known about the circumstances that led to the alleged attack, but Tampa police say that an armed altercation between a man and his girlfriend left her dead and him the perpetrator of her murder. Officers of the TPD […]... [Read More]

USF Football Player Charged with Credit Card Fraud After Allegedly Using Card of Another at IHOP

A walk-on football player for the University of South Florida stands accused of credit card fraud after allegedly attempting to use a card that was previously reported as being stolen. Adrian Dejuan Palmore was arrested last Monday evening at an […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Gets Automatic Life Sentence for 2013 Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk

A Tampa 24-year-old will spend the remainder of his natural life in the Florida prison system after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Tuesday. Prosecutors opted not to pursue the death penalty against Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni due to […]... [Read More]

Remorse and Cooperation Turns a Possible Life Sentence to Seventeen Years in Prison for Plant City Man

Staring life in federal prison in the face, a Plant City man’s tearful remorse for his crimes led the presiding judge to sentence him to seventeen years behind bars instead. Telling a story of an early life marred by grinding […]... [Read More]

Sextet Charged with Stealing Credit Card Numbers from Hillsborough Co., Pinellas Co. Gas Pumps

Six Hillsborough county residents are facing fraud charges and a seventh individual is still being sought for the same for allegedly participating in a scheme to illegally harvest credit card numbers using scanning machines placed on gas pumps. Investigators with […]... [Read More]