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Former Hillsborough principal gets six life sentences



Anthony Giancola was once considered an "outstanding" rising administrator in the Hillsborough County school district.

Then in February 2007 he was arrested for attempting to make a crack cocaine buy in his office at Van Buren Middle School, where he was principal.

His decline since has been steep. On Monday, Giancola was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences plus 30 years in a plea deal. From Times reporter Curtis Krueger:

Former Hillsborough principal Anthony J. Giancola pleaded guilty to murder and other crimes in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Monday morning and was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences plus 30 years.

The arrangement was part of a plea agreement which allowed Giancola to escape the death penalty for his bizarre rampage through Pinellas County last year. He pleaded guilty to two murders, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

The gray-haired Giancola, wearing glasses and a jail scrub-shirt pulled over a white long john top, did not apologize or make a statement. He merely answered questions from Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Thane Covert which were designed to see if he understood the proceedings and was satisfied with his legal representation from the Public Defender's Office. He seemed alert, and spoke clearly.

Read the developing story here.

[Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 2:39pm]


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