Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, Florida criminal law news and events

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]

Brandon Woman Says Seizure Led to Fatal Car Accident

A Brandon woman says seizures led to a fatal wreck on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway earlier this month that resulted in her being charged with DUI manslaughter. Witnesses say Amber Nicole Perera was driving her vehicle at almost 90 […]... [Read More]

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]