Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco man accused of threatening probation officers

Michael Joe Wynperle, in the words of his probation officers, "has deep-seated issues with the justice system."

Wynperle, after all, was once accused of threatening to blind Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober in 2005.

Now authorities say the Wesley Chapel man is still making threats, this time against his probation officers.

Wynperle, 35, was arrested June 24 for violating his probation on charges unrelated to the Ober case: He was accused of disobeying probation officers and tampering with the electronic monitoring device that is supposed to track his every move.

But while he was being arrested in the Dade City probation office, according to a Florida Department of Corrections report, Wynperle delivered this threat:

"I'm going to take the maximum sentence (and) when I get out, I'll take care of business.

"What are you going to do about it? You may have to shoot me."

Wynperle has not been charged in connection with these threats. But according to the Department of Corrections' reports, probation officers consider Wynperle "an imminent threat to himself and the community if he remains on the street."

Authorities investigate threats against their own ranks all the time. But considering Wynperle was once accused of concocting a plot against Hillsborough's top prosecutor, Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor Mike Halkitis said this latest threat has their attention.

"I don't think there's anything concerning about his threat," Halkitis said. "But it has to be taken into consideration that this guy has made a threat before to Mark Ober."

Wynperle was belligerent with probation officers in the weeks before his arrest, according to their reports, and repeatedly cursed at them. He even threatened them during a call to a judge's assistant, according to a spokesman for the 6th Judicial Circuit.

But the reports say that Wynperle, who was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling, was frustrated by having to wear an electronic monitor. The equipment had many technical issues, the reports say.

"He said he could not deal with the stress of electronic monitoring," one probation officer wrote.

Wynperle once threatened to cut the monitor off.

"You know why I'm on this monitor don't you?" he reportedly told a probation officer. "Because I can hurt people."

Wynperle, of 1243 Ambridge Drive in Wesley Chapel, is being held in the Pasco County jail without bond.

In February 2005 detectives say Wynperle told them that he had done surveillance on Ober, knew where he lived, what he drove, and planned to blind the prosecutor by putting lime powder in his car vents.

But authorities later dropped the charge of corruption by threat against a public servant. Wynperle went to prison anyway, agreeing to two years in prison and three years of probation for fraudulently obtaining a driver's license and fraudulent use of personal I.D.

This is Wynperle's second violation of probation charge this year. He was put back on probation 21 days before he was arrested on the latest charge.

He originally faced up to 10 years prison in the I.D. theft case. If he's convicted of this latest probation violation, Wynperle could be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of that sentence.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at thalji@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6236.

Pasco man accused of threatening probation officers 07/31/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 5:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa man driving ATV killed in Gibsonton crash on U.S. 41

    Public Safety

    GIBSONTON — A 24-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle died Monday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  2. Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit

    World

    JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture- and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader - were shadowed …

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making joint statements, Monday in Jerusalem. [AP photo]
  3. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers, thousands of concealed weapons holders

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson …

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
[Times file photo]

  4. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Editorial: Preserve wild Florida before it's too late

    Editorials

    The last dairy farm in Hillsborough County has milked its final cow, the pastures sold to developers who will build 1,000 new homes. The remnants of the last commercial citrus grove in Pinellas County, where the Sunshine State's famed industry began in the 19th century, were sold last year to make room for 136 homes. …

    As dairy farms and citrus groves disappear, much more needs to be done to avoid paving over Florida’s wild spaces.