Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kevin White co-defendant still not competent for trial

TAMPA — The co-defendant in the bribery case against former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White is still mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

George Hondrellis, owner of Tampa City Towing, will receive medication and treatment at a Miami hospital, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson said at a hearing. The judge said at a previous hearing that Hondrellis is a violent paranoid schizophrenic.

The judge had received a report from a psychiatrist on Hondrellis' condition. Hondrellis cannot be tried on bribery and conspiracy charges until he is ruled competent.

White was convicted on seven of 10 corruption charges in November for accepting $6,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent seeking his influence to obtain a towing license from the Public Transportation Commission. White is scheduled to be sentenced March 12.

Hondrellis faces charges that include bribery, wire and mail fraud and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say he initiated bribery discussions with White's father for influence on the PTC in obtaining a towing license. White chaired the agency.

Reach William R. Levesque at [email protected] or (813) 226-3432.

Kevin White co-defendant still not competent for trial 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 11:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Empire' star Grace Byers keynotes USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy luncheon

    Human Interest

    BY AMY SCHERZER

    TAMPA — The first University of South Florida graduate to address the USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy supporters, Grace Gealey Byers, class of 2006, centered her speech on her first name, turning it into a verb to share life lessons.

    Grace Byers, University of South Florida Class of 2006, stars on the Fox television show Empire. She delivered the keynote at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon Friday. Photo by Amy Scherzer
  2. Southeast Seminole Heights holds candlelight vigil for victims' families and each other

    News

    TAMPA — They came together in solidarity in Southeast Seminole Heights, to sustain three families in their grief and to confront fear, at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night in the central Tampa neighborhood.

    A peaceful march that began on east New Orleans Avenue was held during the candlelight vigil for the three victims who were killed in the recent shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
  3. It's not just Puerto Rico: FEMA bogs down in Florida, Texas too

    HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts' house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads "Waiting on FEMA."

    Ernestino Leon sits among the debris removed from his family’s flood-damaged Bonita Springs home on Oct. 11. He has waited five weeks for FEMA to provide $10,000 to repair the home.
  4. McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care

    STERLING, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s “not certain yet” on what Trump wants.
  5. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.