Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Source in Aisenberg case to plead guilty to weapons charges

TAMPA — An inmate at the center of recent leads in the disappearance of baby Sabrina Aisenberg has agreed to plead guilty to an unrelated federal weapons charge, according to court documents filed Friday.

Scott Overbeck, 44, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm or a destructive device. He is scheduled to enter his guilty plea before a federal judge Wednesday.

Overbeck's name became intertwined with the Aisenberg story this summer, when the St. Petersburg Times learned convicted felon Dennis Byron, 33, a longtime friend of Overbeck's, told detectives that Overbeck had admitted to disposing of the baby's remains.

Sabrina was 5-months-old when she went missing in 1997 from her Valrico home. A federal case accusing parents Steve and Marlene Aisenberg of lying about their daughter fell apart in 2001. A judge threw out the charges against them.

No one has been arrested and no new charges have been filed.

In a jailhouse interview earlier this year, Byron told the Times that information he provided detectives won him freedom from a three-year prison sentence. But he violated house arrest, and the sentence has been replaced by a five-year one.

Byron said detectives had him secretly record conversations with Overbeck when they shared a cell and that Overbeck admitted to cutting up the baby's body and disposing of it in Old Tampa Bay.

Overbeck's federal case began after Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives executed a search warrant in December at his Tampa home at 9303 E Eden Roc Circle. Investigators had probable cause to believe that Overbeck was in possession of and distributing narcotics from the home, according to court records.

While inside, authorities recovered a "possible destructive device," court records say, which was later found to contain explosive powders, a fuse and 12-gauge shotgun shells that would act as fragmentation.

Kevin Graham can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

Source in Aisenberg case to plead guilty to weapons charges 10/24/08 [Last modified: Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:02am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Report: Florida counties part of liver disease cluster


    STUART — Four counties along Florida's Treasure Coast make up a cluster with high rates of both deaths from liver disease and algae blooms.

  2. Authorities say cocaine is making comeback in Florida


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Drug enforcement officials say traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade.

    Traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade, officials say.  [Times files]
  3. Amid escalating Russia crisis, Trump considers major staff changes


    President Donald Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies.

    President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a retooling of his senior staff. [Doug Mills/The New York Times]
  4. Karen Lugo, 13, from Tampa, holds up her IPad Mini to take a picture of herself while relaxing in the sand alongside her mother, Karen Castro (on left), at the North Beach area of Fort DeSoto on Memorial Day (05/27/13). Karen comes to the beach with her family for holidays, she said. Also present was her older brother and three cousins.
  5. For starters: Rays at Twins, with Cobb pitching with a purpose


    UPDATE, 12:34: Cash said he has been pleased with Sucre's work and is trying to find playing time for him. ... Cash also said after reading Farquhar's comments about having trouble re-focusing after getting out of a jam and then going back out for a second inning he will factor that in to how he uses him. ... …