Plant City

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]

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]

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]

Lakeland Dance Instructor Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison for Alleged 2015 DUI Manslaughter

A Lakeland dance instructor was sentenced to a dozen years in Florida prison last Monday after being found guilty of DUI manslaughter. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office say Brian A. DeFreitas was driving home in early October 2015 […]... [Read More]

Plant City Men Agree to Plead Guilty in Mexican Drug Trafficking Case

An uncle and his nephew have agreed to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges based upon allegations by the Drug Enforcement Administration that their Plant City business was a front for a Mexican drug distribution operation. According to authorities, […]... [Read More]

HCSO Petitions Court to Obtain $45,000 Seized in Alleged Drug Operation

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to obtain almost $45,000 in funds its deputies discovered in the course of a raid upon the Plant City home of a man alleged to have been engaged in the sale of illegal […]... [Read More]

Plant City Man Guilt of Second Degree Murder of Wife

Lawrence Dickey of Plant City was convicted earlier this week of second-degree murder for fatally clubbing his wife Beatrice with a bat in 2011. A Hillsborough County jury deliberated six hours before rejecting the prosecution’s argument that Dickey committed first-degree […]... [Read More]

Plant City Man Charged with First-Degree Murder

According to police, Lawrence Douglas Dickey confessed to killing his wife Beatrice Ann Dickey in their Plant City home this weekend. A Plant City police officer reports that Lawrence Dickey said, “Lock me up. I just beat my wife with […]... [Read More]