Bentley confirmed as U.S. Attorney for region that includes Tampa Bay area

A. Lee Bentley III is the new U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, which includes Tampa Bay.
A. Lee Bentley III is the new U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, which includes Tampa Bay.
Published December 17 2014
Updated December 17 2014

Seventeen months after the region's top federal prosecutor left his post for a new job, the U.S. Senate confirmed a replacement Tuesday night.

Little will change for A. Lee Bentley III, 55, who has been acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida since the July 2013 departure of his then-boss Robert O'Neill.

Bentley's pay will increase by just $103 a year, to $157,100.

He was approved by unanimous consent, along with many other nominees to an array of posts across the federal government, as the Senate prepares to adjourn for the year.

Bentley was nominated in June by the Obama administration. His was one of three names put forward by Florida's bipartisan Federal Judicial Nominating Commission to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

The U.S. attorney directs more than 115 government lawyers who prosecute federal criminal defendants and represent the United States in civil matters in a swath of Florida that stretches from Naples to Georgia.

Bentley was chief of the criminal division and first assistant U.S. attorney when O'Neill left in July 2013 to join a risk management company led by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh.

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