Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando man charged in fatal shooting of girlfriend's husband

SPRING HILL — The one-story house at 3505 Ligonier Road was their hangout and, even after things went sour, they still went. It was a friend's house, within walking distance of Joe Kasbach, his wife, Kimberly, and their friend William Siskos. About eight months ago, friends said, the Kasbachs separated and Kimberly began a relationship with Siskos.

The three tried to make sure they didn't stop by their hangout at the same time.

Friday night, they did.

• • •

Joe Kasbach, 46, and Kimberly, 45, showed up at the house first. At 11:30 p.m., Siskos drove over to bring her home, with a .22-caliber Ruger tucked in his waist-band. Authorities said he believed she was there doing drugs.

She didn't want to leave and said she would be home in a little while.

Siskos, 40, left and everyone thought he went home, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Husband and wife, married in 2005, were in the living room.

"You can go ahead and be with him," Joe Kasbach said, according to Cory Gilbert, 17, who said he was there.

"I just wanted you to know I've always loved you."

When Joe Kasbach went outside, Siskos was there. The men argued for several minutes, deputies said.

Anthony Allen, 22, was inside the house and heard Kasbach shout, "She's my wife! She's my wife!"

Then, Allen heard a gunshot.

Kasbach was shot once in the front portion of his body, deputies said. He was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he died early Saturday morning. His death is the ninth homicide this year in Hernando County, setting it on pace to possibly eclipse the county's deadliest year in two decades — 1993, with 13 murders. In 2009, there were only three.

• • •

After the shooting, Siskos stayed on the scene. He told authorities he shot Kasbach in self-defense. He said his girlfriend's husband hit him in the face and reached toward his waist for what Siskos believed was a gun. A witness told authorities the fight between the two men was never physical.

"He didn't warn the victim" he was going to shoot, Lt. Cinda Moore said. "There was no gun found on the victim at the crime scene."

Deputies arrested Siskos of 4224 Drummond Ave. and charged him with murder and carrying a concealed firearm.

All three people — the Kasbachs and Siskos — have arrest records.

Siskos was arrested in 1990 in Hernando on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a pregnant woman, but the case was dismissed, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Court records show that Siskos might still be married to a woman who filed for a domestic violence injunction against him in 2001.

Joe Kasbach was convicted of armed robbery for a 1991 bank heist in Pasco County and sentenced to five years in prison, according to the FDLE.

Kimberly Kasbach was convicted in 1997 of driving under the influence in Pasco County and was arrested June 17 in Hernando on a charge of driving with a suspended license, records show. She could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Allen, who was inside the house when the incident occurred, said Joe Kasbach worked in construction and would often mow the lawn at the Ligonier Road house for his friends.

"He was a real good friend," Allen said Saturday afternoon. Someone placed a small, cement angel on the grass, just off the driveway, where Kasbach fell. "He was never in a bad mood."

Less than half a mile away, at the house where authorities said Siskos lives, a neighbor, Dan Memet, 45, didn't know what Siskos did for a living, but said he left before most people were awake and came home in the late afternoon, lunch pail in hand.

"He's always been a nice person," Memet said. "I don't think he would be capable of doing something like that."

Allen believes Siskos snapped.

"The guy lost it," he said.

As of Saturday, Siskos was being held at the Hernando County jail with bail set at $52,000.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Hernando man charged in fatal shooting of girlfriend's husband 07/10/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 10, 2010 10:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. William March: Capin and Cruz appear destined for District 1 race

    Local Government

    Tampa City Council member Yolie Capin and state Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, appear headed for a primary in the District 1 County Commission race, which has Democrats worried they'll once again have strong candidates competing against each other in primaries, to the detriment of their chances against Republicans.

    Times Correspondent William March
  2. Watch: Gorilla dances like a 'maniac' in kiddie pool


    Zola, a gorilla who resides at the Dallas Zoo, has gone viral after showing off his dance moves.
  3. Bill Clinton coming to Miami Beach on Saturday for mayors' convention


    From our friends at the Miami Herald:

    Former President Bill Clinton gives the opening address to kick off a meeting of International Aid Groups at the InterAction Forum 2017 at the Washington Convention Center on June 20.
  4. Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault


    WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Barack Obama shake hands at the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. [Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP]
  5. GOP's challenge: Finding votes for Senate health care bill (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. He is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed it but are open to negotiations, which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy. [Associated Press]