Tampa store owner sentenced to five years probation in teen's death

TAMPA — A mini mart owner who claimed last year that she shot a 16-year-old gunman in self-defense pleaded guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court Thursday to three charges filed when police accused her of lying to protect the real shooter.

Taquanda Baker, 33, was sentenced to five years of probation, with a suspended five-year prison sentence, for charges of shooting within a building, tampering with physical evidence and giving a false report to law enforcement authorities.

The owner of Baker's Mini Mart on Armenia Avenue must relinquish the ownership or rights to any guns that are part of the investigation into the death of Quintavius Moore.

Prosecutors have been unable to prove Moore's death was a murder, and no shooter has been charged.

Tampa store owner sentenced to five years probation in teen's death 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:01pm]

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