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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]