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Man found dead in his Dade City home

LACOOCHEE — A 48-year-old man was found dead in his home early Friday morning, but authorities have released few details aside from calling his death a homicide.

Cleo Stinyard, 48, was found about 4 a.m. Friday inside his singlewide mobile home at 7844 Laura Lane in Dade City after someone called authorities. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has not disclosed the cause or time of death.

His life was marked with numerous brushes with the law.

Stinyard spent a year in prison for aggravated battery in 1984. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for possessing cocaine in 1989 and another year in 1991. He was convicted of battery again in 2005.

In 2000, when Stinyard lived on 18th Street, he was accused of exposing himself to a neighbor, then attacking police officers who responded to the call.

Wearing only a bathrobe and armed with a 5-foot bamboo stick, he punched officers and tried to wrestle away one of their guns, authorities said. He reportedly punched an officer in the face while his gun was drawn.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is still investigating his death. Anyone with information may call the toll-free tips line at 1-800-706-2488.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Isaac Arnsdorf can be reached at or (727) 869-6232.

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