Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

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.

Comments
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG – Let's be clear here, the Rays still have a long way to go, and a lot of ground to make up.But seeing them play like they did Saturday in beating the Twins 10-1, putting on a solid all-around show in cobbling their first three-g...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Devils: How the NHLís top offense went on the defensive

Lightning-Devils: How the NHLís top offense went on the defensive

TAMPA — It was a couple of days after the Lightning beat the Bruins at home late in the regular season when associate coach Rick Bowness talked about how the defensive effort used in that shutout victory was the one the Lightning would need in ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachevís playing like a seasoned pro

Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachevís playing like a seasoned pro

TAMPA — Pardon Mikhail Sergachev if he isn't so good at one of hockey's greatest traditions. After all, growing a Stanley Cup playoff beard isn't easy when you're still just a teenager.As he stood in the Lightning locker room Saturday evening w...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bayís clinching 3-1 victory in Game 3

Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bayís clinching 3-1 victory in Game 3

TAMPA — Closers.That's what the Lightning looked like as it closed out the New Jersey Devils in five games with a 3-1 win Saturday.Nikita Kucherov's star power blazed again, the defense controlled the game and not even Jersey goaltend...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning stays patient, even through 0-for-5 power-play drought

Lightning stays patient, even through 0-for-5 power-play drought

TAMPA — The Lightning so dominated the second period Saturday that the Devils had more penalties (five) than shots on goal (four), and yet Tampa Bay was unable to build on a 1-0 lead as they sought to clinch the opening-round series.Nowhere was...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Nikita Kucherovís goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

Nikita Kucherovís goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

TAMPA — After clinging to a 1-0 lead for more than two periods Saturday, the Lightning got a long-awaited cushion — and ultimately the winning goal — when Nikita Kucherov scored with 7:33 left in the final period of a 3-1 victo...
Updated: 3 hours ago
New Port Richey Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

New Port Richey Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

A 49-year-old woman died early Saturday in a single-car crash on State Road 580.Kristin Carlin, of New Port Richey, was driving in the eastbound lanes of SR 580 when she failed to round a curve and veered off the road near Charles Avenue, a Clearwate...
Updated: 4 hours ago