Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida criminal law news and events

Charged in 2015 Slaying, Tampa Man’s Murder Trial Ends in Guilty Verdict

A Hillsborough County jury delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of a Tampa man who prosecutors allege killed another man based upon his accusations of theft. The jury wasted little time in deliberating prior to telling Hillsborough Circuit Judge […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged With Murder in Alleged Hammer Attack

A Tampa man is in jail this afternoon facing charges of first-degree murder after Hillsborough County authorities say he admitted to breaking into an East Lake-Orient Park home and attacking its owner with a hammer. Deputies say Sean Joseph Anderson […]... [Read More]

Authorities Say Surveillance Video Leads to Arrest of Woman Involved in Ruskin Twin Killing

Hillsborough County authorities say video footage helped them identify a woman whom they later charged with first-degree murder in connection with a home invasion in Ruskin. Investigators say Samona Louise “Mona” Ramey of Wimauma approached the mobile home of Alexis […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Causing Two Separate Wrong-Way Accidents

Tampa police say a Clearwater man drunkenly drove the wrong way on the Veteran’s Expressway last week, causing (and leaving) two car accidents in the process. Daniel Livoti stands accused of piloting his vehicle in a southerly direction on the […]... [Read More]

Returned from Spain in Chains, Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to 2012 DUI Manslaughter Charges

A Tampa man who allegedly fled the country to avoid responsibility for a deadly drunk-driving accident was sentenced to fifteen years in Florida prison last week. Hillsborough County authorities say Christopher Ponce was intoxicated while driving southbound in the northbound […]... [Read More]

East Tampa Restaurant Owner Facing Decades in Federal Prison Over Alleged Tax Fraud Scheme

The proprietor of an East Tampa soul-food restaurant is accused by the Federal government of falsifying scores of tax returns using stolen identities and retrieving the fraudulent refunds via debit card transfers at her restaurant. Natalie Rene Panko pled guilty […]... [Read More]

Ruskin Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Connection with Shooting at Convenience Store

A Ruskin man is in custody after authorities say he trapped another man with his vehicle and attempted to kill him with a firearm. Hillsborough County deputies say Earl Williams was in his black Cadillac sedan at a convenience store […]... [Read More]

Citrus County Woman Facing DUI, Child Neglect Charges After Series of Wrecks on I-4

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a mother was intoxicated when she struck a series of cars on I-4 last Tuesday while her two-year-old son was a passenger. Beverly Hills, Florida resident Brianna Dee Knox was piloting her 2001 […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Facing Murder Charges in Death of His Six-Year-Old Stepson

A Tampa man is in jail today after Hillsborough County authorities say he is responsible for the death of his 6-year-old stepson. Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call to a Seffner hotel in the mid-morning hours of December […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Holes Up in Apartment After Allegedly Killing Mother’s Boyfriend

A Tampa man hid in his apartment for several hours after allegedly killing his mother’s boyfriend before a SWAT team flushed him out according to Hillsborough County authorities. Neighbors at the Egypt Lake-Leto apartment complex say trouble has long been […]... [Read More]

Ruskin Wreck Leads to DUI with Injury Charges for Naples Sexagenarian

A Naples man with a significant history of DUI convictions has been charged with several more after troopers say he caused an accident that led to the injury of three children. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, Jesus Sandoval was driving […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged with Felony Murder After Alleged Drug Deal Turns Deadly

Despite never having touched the murder weapon himself, a Tampa man is facing murder charges in the death of a friend. Hillsborough County authorities say Daundrea Lamar Butler and his friend Ecru Richardson were engaged in the sale of illicit […]... [Read More]

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]