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Prosecutors won't pursue charges against New Port Richey mayor's wife

New Port Richey

State won't prosecute mayor's wife

The State Attorney's Office decided Wednesday to not prosecute the wife of Mayor Scott McPherson on a charge of domestic battery. Kimberly McPherson was arrested last week after slapping her husband outside a Trinity bar and grill, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report said. She told deputies she did so because Mr. McPherson, who according to deputies was threatening to end their careers, had acted like a "jerk." Because Mr. McPherson didn't want to prosecute and Mrs. McPherson showed no criminal intent, Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said, the case is closed without her facing a criminal trial. Prosecutors launched a "live investigation," a rarity for misdemeanor cases, because of Mr. McPherson's divergent story from Sheriff's Office reports and his allegations that a deputy sexually assaulted his wife. The sheriff's internal investigation into the matter remains open.

New Port Richey

Convicted, man gets four life terms

A jury on Wednesday convicted a 43-year-old Shady Hills man of capital sexual battery of a girl, now grown, from the time she was 9 until she turned 15. Michael Mulrooney was immediately sentenced to four life terms in prison, plus 30 more years on all the charges. He was arrested in February 2009 when the woman, by then 26, came forward with the allegations. Sheriff's reports said Mulrooney admitted to having sexual contact with the victim, though he said it began when she was 10. The jury deliberated about 40 minutes, Assistant State Attorney Chip Stanton said.

New Port Richey

Guilty plea leads to probation

A former treasurer of the Beacon Square Civic Association pleaded guilty to grand theft this week and received two years of probation after paying back nearly $7,000. Mandy Fletcher was arrested last year after the president of the association in Holiday told authorities that thousands of dollars were missing. Fletcher admitted to stealing only $1,000, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. Fletcher, 33, of Clearwater has similar crimes in her past: in 2007 she pleaded guilty to identity theft and was ordered to pay $3,299 in restitution, and in 2003 she pleaded guilty to using fraudulent checks.

Prosecutors won't pursue charges against New Port Richey mayor's wife 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:00pm]

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