Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

Pinellas Among Top Counties for Drug Arrests in Florida

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch identifies Pinellas County as residing among the top five counties in the state for arrest rates for drug possession. The report, entitled Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll […]... [Read More]

Sentenced to Life, Brunvand Wins Greenwood Man’s Freedom from Prison

Corey Rocker turned eighteen in prison, convicted of a murder in which he never touched the weapon used in it. He turned twenty one and twenty five there, too, and marked his twenty-sixth birthday there this spring, knowing nothing but […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Apprehended on Suspicion of Torching Car She Thought Belonged to Ex-Boyfriend

A Clearwater woman was arrested on Saturday morning after being recorded while allegedly torching a car she believed belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Nineteen-year-old Carmen Chamblee was arrested by officers from the Clearwater Police Department after a week-long search. She is […]... [Read More]

Counties that Use Death Penalty the Most are Fraught with Error and Misconduct: Harvard Law Study

A recent study by Harvard Law School finds that, although death sentences have dropped nationwide, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are among an exceedingly small group where capital punishment is apparently bucking the trend. The report, entitled “Too Broken to Fix: […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Prosecutors Drop First-Degree Murder Charges in 2014 Homicide

A Clearwater man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found near the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail was released on Friday after prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Dewayne Jones, who turned 20 almost two months ago […]... [Read More]

One Local Music Teacher Slain, Another Critically Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

One elementary school music teacher is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly being struck by a drunk driver early Sunday morning. Pinellas Park Police say that Bryce McCloud, a 36-year old man from St. Petersburg, was driving […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Settles with Man Paralyzed in Wreck with Deputy for $16 MM

A St. Petersburg man paralyzed in a collision with an unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicle has agreed with the sheriff’s office on a $16 million settlement on Wednesday. Local media quoted Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as saying that his office accepts […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Unintentional Shooting

This week, Larry Jay Reed was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus five years of probation in the 2010 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Anastasia Boyd. A jury found Reed guilty of manslaughter after trial this spring. Prosecutors […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Halfway House Founder Charged with Fraud

Patrick Jay Banks, the founder of a St. Petersburg halfway house, was arrested last week on charges of defrauding investors and a federal substance abuse treatment program out of as much as $50,000. Police allege Banks cooked up an elaborate scheme […]... [Read More]

Guilty Plea in St. Petersburg First-Degree Murder Case Without Plea Agreement

In a relatively unusual situation, Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty this week to two charges of first-degree murder. The plea appears to have been made without any sort of plea agreement with the prosecution. A judge will now decide whether Mullens […]... [Read More]

Lealman Man Charged with Neighbor’s Murder

Sylvester Johnson, a resident of Palace Mobile Home Park in Lealman, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his neighbor last week. According to Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives, Johnson went to Unit 447, where William David […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges in St. Petersburg Houseboat Deaths

Authorities allege Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria stabbed and killed an 75-year-old man and 74-year-old woman on their 72-foot-long houseboat last week in the Loggerhead Marina in St. Petersburg. He has been charged with first-degree murder in Pinellas County. The bodies of John […]... [Read More]

MacDill Airman Charged with Second Degree Murder

A 22-year-old airman first class, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend. Last weekend, officers responded to the Coves of Brighton Bay apartment complex after receiving a 911 call […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Convenience Store Owner Charged with Selling Synthetic Pot

For the first time, St. Petersburg police arrested and charged someone with selling synthetic marijuana. Meherun Nessa, the owner of a St. Petersburg convenience store, allegedly sold illegal “spice” or “K-2” to an undercover detective on February 4th of this […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County School District Social Worker Charged with Third DUI

School social worker Keeley Bremer of Clearwater was arrested and charged last week with driving under the influence in Pinellas County. She was pulled over at 10 p.m. on Thursday night on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park after an officer […]... [Read More]