Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida criminal law news and events

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]

St. Pete Man Accepts Plea Agreement Relating to Deepwater Horizon Fraud

A licensed tax preparer from St. Petersburg pled guilty to federal charges related to fraudulent claims he allegedly filed for businesses attempting to recover non-existent losses from the Deepwater Horizon blowout and resulting oil spill. Joseph Bassler inked a plea […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man for USF-Area Killing

Murder charges have been filed against a Tampa man in connection with a corpse discovered in a USF-area home earlier this month. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kadeem Dareem Archibald at the offices of his defense attorney […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man After Allegedly Boasting of Twin Killing During Hold-Up of Smoke Shop

A Tampa Palms eighteen-year-old is being held without bond after allegedly leading police detectives to the bodies of two murdered men he earlier claimed to have killed during a hold-up at a nearby smoke shop. Devon Shaun Ryan “Khalid” Arthurs […]... [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]

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]

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]

One Dead, Four Others Wounded After Alleged Drive-By Shooting at SoHo Lounge

A bar patron who was asked to leave a SoHo establishment last week allegedly made good on a promise to return with a firearm and is now being charged with first-degree murder for actions authorities say he took upon his […]... [Read More]

Wounded USF Football Player Charged with Aggravated Assault, Cannabis Possession After Alleged Road-Rage Incident

A football player for the University of South Florida was arrested last week after Tampa police say he was involved in a road-rage incident while in possession of cannabis. Hassan Ismael “Hot” Childs was taken into custody upon his release […]... [Read More]

Riverview Man Accused of Slaying Mother on Her Birthday

A Riverview man is in jail today, accused of brutally killing his mother on her birthday. Joshua Leon Carmona was arrested last Tuesday after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say he beat his mother with a baseball bat before delivering the […]... [Read More]

Homeowner Allegedly Shoots Two Brothers, Killing One, at Gathering in Seffner

Authorities say a gathering at a mobile home in Seffner turned deadly last Wednesday after they responded to a 9-1-1 call placed by the man they allege to have shot two other people. Martin Alfred Johnson placed a call to […]... [Read More]