Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring Hill man gets 15-year sentence for sex crimes

BROOKSVILLE — A 35-year-old Spring Hill man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex crimes against a teenage girl.

As part of a negotiated deal with prosecutors, John Daniel Packan pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of making a written threat to do harm. Prosecutors say he had sex with a teenage girl in September 2013 and then sent her a threatening text message.

Packan must also serve 15 years of sex offender probation after his release.

Defense attorney Jimmy Brown said the guilty plea was in Packan's best interest. If convicted, he faced up to life in prison because of his lengthy criminal history. He has more than 50 prior convictions, though none for sex offenses.

Sentencing guidelines called for a minimum prison term of 21 years, but Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly told Judge Stephen E. Toner Jr. that the deal would spare the victim from testifying at trial.

Spring Hill man gets 15-year sentence for sex crimes 04/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Editorial: A proud moment for civic involvement in Hillsborough County

    Editorials

    It took private citizens less than 24 hours to do what their elected leaders in Hillsborough County could not for the past three months: Find the moral fortitude and the money to move a century-old Confederate war memorial from outside the county courthouse. Thursday's achievement was a lesson in leadership to county …

    The Hillsborough County Commission dithered for three months over moving the Memoria in Aeterna monument from the old county courthouse.
  2. Fort Myers woman arrested for doing cocaine off iPhone in parent pick-up line

    Bizarre News

    A Fort Myers woman was arrested Tuesday after police saw her snorting cocaine off her iPhone while in the parent pick-up line at a Lee County middle school.

    Christina Hester, 39, faces two different drug-related charges, according to police records. [Lee County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic

    Hurricanes

    UPDATE: At 5 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  4. Editorial: Pinellas should join lawsuit challenging new state law

    Editorials

    The Florida Legislature has been on a cynical, constitutionally dubious quest to render local school boards powerless. The most direct assault is a new state law that strips school boards of much of their authority when it comes to the creation and funding of charter schools. It's time for the Pinellas County School …

  5. Editorial: Fix funding unfairness in Florida foster care system

    Editorials

    Many of the children in Florida's foster care system already have been failed by their parents. The last thing these kids need is to be failed by bureaucracy, too, and yet that's exactly what appears to be happening because of a needlessly rigid funding formula set up by the Florida Legislature. Child welfare agencies …

    The Legislature may have had good intentions when it came up with the funding plan, but it’s obvious that there is some unfairness built into it. The funding may be complicated, but the goal is simple: Making sure every child in need gets the help he or she needs.