Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Spring Hill man sentenced to 50 years for firebomb attack

BROOKSVILLE — Last month, a jury convicted Kraig Alan Schoonover of inflicting a fiery retribution by firebombing a Spring Hill home.

On Monday, a judge sentenced the 31-year-old Spring Hill man to half a century in prison.

Schoonover showed no emotion as Hernando Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti levied the punishment: 30 years for discharging a destructive device and 20 for first-degree arson, to run consecutively.

Schoonover told Tatti that he planned to appeal the verdict from the trial but didn't say on what grounds.

Tatti was bound by mandatory sentencing laws on each count, in part because Schoonover's conviction came within three years of his release from prison.

During the trial, a jury deliberated for an hour and found that testimony and evidence proved that Schoonover showed up at a Spring Hill home in the dead of night last February and lobbed half a dozen Molotov cocktails while four people slept inside.

During the testimony, witnesses said Schoonover came to the house on Hanley Drive on Feb. 27 to pick up a woman after she had fought with her boyfriend, Justin Powers, who lived there. Schoonover got into a fight with Powers' brother, Joel. During that altercation, the Powers brothers' mother, Valerie Spinale, zapped Schoonover with her pink stun gun. Schoonover then screeched away in a car with the woman and his brother, Danny.

Joel Powers testified that Schoonover called his brother's phone later and threatened to "get" Spinale.

Spinale said she woke up about 2:30 the next morning to the sound of explosions and her bedroom window on fire. She said she heard Schoonover's voice outside. Joel Powers said he looked out a window and saw Schoonover in the yard.

None of the four people in the house were injured.

Investigators found six Bud Light beer bottles at the scene, three broken, three intact. All had been filled with gasoline, stuffed with scraps of cloth and lit.

Tatti also ordered Schoonover to pay $20,745 to Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to reimburse the company for the claim made by the owner of the home.

"I love you all," Schoonover called out to his parents and girlfriend as a bailiff led him away.

Reach Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431. Follow @tmarrerotimes on Twitter.

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