NEW PORT RICHEY
Man accused in shootings guilty in first trial
Vito Cito, accused of two shootings in a single day in June 2007, has been convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a weapon from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of a person. The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon and returned about 2 a.m. Friday with the verdict. Authorities say Cito was 17 years old when he got into a confrontation with a friend at a relative's home on Waxwing Drive in New Port Richey. Cito took off from the dispute in a green Jeep, but as he was driving away fired several shots from a revolver toward Lance Tubbs, who was 15, authorities say. Cito's attorney argued that his client was in fear for his life because Tubbs was threatening him. Cito, now 21, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in July. Previously free on bail, he was taken into custody Friday. He still faces trial on attempted murder charges for a separate shooting that happened earlier on June 3, 2007. Authorities say Cito shot at two men in a Port Richey Checkers drive-through, striking one in the neck. Both men recovered.
Inmate grabs deputy's radio
On Thursday morning, an inmate reached through the food chute in his cell door, snatched a radio from a deputy's belt, pulled it into his cell and made "multiple radio calls … which were heard throughout the jail," according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Devin Lamm, a 24-year-old accused of dozens of jail violations since his incarceration began in June 2008, threatened to kill the deputy and the deputy's family, a report states. According to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll, Lamm broadcast from his cell in the medical wing: "Fire, fire, the jail's on fire," and "Inmate Lamm to Capt. Beckman: Please come talk to me." Authorities say Lamm also pretended to be a deputy requesting backup in other parts of the facility. He's been there long enough to know their vernacular. "Fight in Delta 200!" Lamm said, according to Doll. Lamm eventually relinquished the radio to deputies. He is one of three men accused of holding guns to the heads of two children, ages 6 months and 2 years, during a home invasion in Hudson. The case is still in the court system. Since his arrest June 23, 2008, Lamm, of Hudson, has gotten 17 additional charges for jailhouse mischief — such as splashing a deputy with urine, breaking the lock on his cell door, smashing a jail computer and breaking the fire sprinkler in his cell. Lamm has been involved in 92 separate incidents at the jail violating 144 rules, Doll said. His newest charges are battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief, intimidating a witness and depriving an officer of means of communication. He remains without bail at the jail.
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