Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Public safety

Patrick Hannon faces execution for brutal 1991 Tampa murders

Patrick Charles Hannon has lived two lifetimes: The 26 years he lived before he was sent to Death Row, and the 26 years he has spent on it.

He and two other men brutally murdered roommates Brandon Snider, 27, and Robert Carter, 28, in a townhouse near the University of South Florida on Jan. 10, 1991.

Hannon was 26 then, and a jury unanimously voted that he should die.

Now he is 53, and set to be executed on Wednesday. Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant last month.

For Snider’s half brother, Hannon’s death would be justice served.

"I think it should have happened a long time ago," said Tony Snider. "He’s had 26 years more than my brother had."

But he knows Hannon’s execution will only ease so much.

"I’ll just feel like there’s closure," said Tony Snider, who shared a father with Brandon Snider. "I know there’s no way it’s going to bring my brother back."

Tony Snider said his younger half brother started life "with two strikes against him." He was born to an alcoholic mother and suffered the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome. And after birth, his mother abandoned him.

Investigators believe he was the target in 1991. Prior to the killing, they said Brandon Snider had returned to Indiana and threatened his ex-girlfriend, Toni Acker, the sister of co-conspirator James Acker, and reportedly fired a gun into her home and left a threatening note.

Tony Snider remembers it differently. He said Toni Acker had agreed to celebrate Brandon Snider’s birthday with him, but instead he discovered that she was out with another guy. Tony Snider said his half brother caused damage to her bedroom.

That was during the Christmas holiday, Tony Snider said. On his way back to Tampa, during a layover in Atlanta, he said Brandon Snider called his ex-girlfriend, apologized and offered to pay for the damages.

"So everything was alright as far as I knew, as far as he knew," Tony Snider said.

Investigators believed Acker, Hannon and Ronald Ivan Richardson went to the Cambridge Woods Apartments near USF looking for Snider.

Snider was the first to die. Acker stabbed him 14 times and Hannon then slit his throat "to the point of near decapitation," according to court records.

Carter begged to be let out of the apartment, investigators said, but the men chased him upstairs. He tried to hide in a bedroom, but Hannon shot him six times in the chest.

Richardson cut a deal with prosecutors, accepting a charge of accessory after the fact and a five-year prison sentence in exchange for testifying against the other two.

Acker, now 53, is serving his sentence at Cross City Correctional Institution in Dixie County. He was convicted in both murders and sentenced to serve two life sentences before winning a new trial. He was convicted again in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison, plus 22 years.

Tony Snider said he has no reservations about Hannon’s fate.

"A tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye," he said. "He took my brother’s life, why shouldn’t the state of Florida take his?"

The execution is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Raiford.

Contact Josh Solomon at (813) 909-4613 or [email protected] Follow @ByJoshSolomon.

Comments
Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Frustration and anticipation have packed the roughly three weeks since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot in a case that has reignited the debate over Florida’s stand your ground law.And on Monday, it took a dra...
Updated: 7 hours ago
How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

Prosecutors on Monday decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a major development in a case that has drawn national scrutiny over Florida’s stand your ground law.CHARGES FILED: Shoot...
Updated: 8 hours ago
What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

The arrest of Michael Drejka in the controversial shooting of Markeis McGlockton drew loud approval Monday as a welcome development for family, advocacy groups and local elected officials in Florida.CHARGES FILED: Shooter charged with manslaughter in...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Stand your ground now means we must read the mind of an accused killer

Stand your ground now means we must read the mind of an accused killer

Today, the liberals are doing a victory dance.And the conservatives are resting easier.Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe has done them all a huge favor by bringing a manslaughter charge against convenience store shooter Michael Drejka.You s...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Prosecutors drop BUI case against Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy

Prosecutors drop BUI case against Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy arrested on a boating under the influence charge last month is in the clear after prosecutors declined to move forward with the case.Still unclear, however, is whether Alexander Craver will get his job b...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Deputies: Polk man was viewing child porn at medical facility

Deputies: Polk man was viewing child porn at medical facility

A Frostproof man faces 68 counts of child pornography and a charge of sexual battery on a child, according to the according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.Keith Garrard Sr., 63, was arrested by Highlands County deputies after staff members at a ...
Published: 08/13/18
Baltimore police officer resigns after viral video of him pummeling a man who was not fighting back

Baltimore police officer resigns after viral video of him pummeling a man who was not fighting back

On the same day the Baltimore Police Department graduated the city’s future men and women in blue, the agency suspended an officer who was captured on video pummeling a man on the street. The department announced late Sunday it had accepted the offic...
Published: 08/13/18

Clearwater motorcyclist remains in critical condition after Sunday morning crash

CLEARWATERmotorcyclist critical after causeway crashA motorcyclist is in critical condition following a crash Sunday morning on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, police reported.Mahmoud Sousi, 29, of Clearwater, was riding a 2011 Suzuki westbound on ...
Published: 08/12/18
Family tries to

Family tries to "hold on to the happy memories’ of 4-year-old girl who drowned in Hillsborough River

TAMPA — Johnny Neal said he arrived home from walking his friend’s dog Tuesday to three missed calls.Je’Hyrah Daniels, who drowned in the Hillsborough River last week after police say her mother carried her into its depths, would be remembered in Tam...
Published: 08/11/18
Updated: 08/12/18
FHP: 20-year-old Lecanto man dies Saturday in Hernando crash

FHP: 20-year-old Lecanto man dies Saturday in Hernando crash

A 20-year-old man died Saturday after his car was struck by another car while he was turning off U.S. 19 in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Erik William Hoxie, of Lecanto, was turning left from U.S. 19 onto Vespa Way when his...
Published: 08/11/18