TAMPA — Dougie Glidden, who three years ago fired a gun outside a crowded nightclub, killing a woman, was ordered Friday to spend 40 years in prison.
Glidden, now 21, was 18 when he visited Club 301 on U.S. Highway 301 early one morning in August 2014. He got into a scuffle with security officers after they refused to let him reenter the club. He then broke the window of a truck in the parking lot, according to court records....
TAMPA — A woman federal prosecutors dubbed "the rare defendant who will pose an acute danger to society for as long as she walks this earth" was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for a money laundering and wire fraud scheme.
Priscilla Ellis, 51, who awaits another sentencing for plotting to kill several witnesses in her federal trial, received the maximum sentence for each of the fraud-related crimes a jury said she committed....
TAMPA — The state has decided to re-try Heidi Quinn, the Valrico mother whose evidence tampering trial last week ended with a hung jury.
Assistant State Attorney Nicki Mohr announced in court Thursday morning that a new trial would be held for Quinn, who is accused of hiding guns after her teenage son fatally shot a Brandon High School basketball player in a botched drug deal.
The new trial date is Dec. 4....
TAMPA — In the courtroom, prosecutors assembled their detectives and forensic experts, ready to argue that the man they say killed his 13-year-old daughter is too dangerous to be allowed out of jail.
But as the Wednesday morning court hearing began, Nahshon Shannon raised his shackled hands.
His public defender wasn't listening to him, he complained to a judge. He wanted more time to look for a new lawyer....
TAMPA — When a Tampa mother went on trial this week, accused of hiding guns after her teenage son shot another boy in a drug deal, the one expectation was that a jury would decide her fate.
Yet after less than three hours of deliberations, the panel of four women and two men declared themselves hopelessly deadlocked. Even after Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian gave them a secondary set of instructions and sent them back in, the jurors didn't budge....
Janessa Shannon, 13, may have been strangled, had cocaine and alcohol traces in her body, court record says10/06/17News
TAMPA — Her nose was broken. She had fractures above two teeth. Janessa Shannon, 13, was hit and possibly strangled in the final hours of her life.
She also had traces of cocaine and alcohol in her system when she died.
The findings are part of a motion filed Friday by the office of State Attorney Andrew Warren in an effort to have the girl's father, Nahshon Shannon, held without bail as he faces charges of aggravated child abuse and felony murder in her July death....
10/05/17 Public Safety
TAMPA — Nahshon Shannon once told a judge his ex-girlfriend was "unfit to provide a safe environment" for their children.
On Thursday, authorities charged him with the murder of their 13-year-old daughter, Janessa.
Shannon, 37, was arrested at his home on charges of first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse.
"I knew from the very beginning," the girl's mother, Michelle Mosley, told the Tampa Bay Times. "My only words to him would be 'How could you?'"...
TAMPA — A jury deadlocked just two hours into deliberations, leaving a Hillsborough County judge to declare a mistrial Tuesday in the case of a mother accused of burying guns after her son shot and killed a Brandon High athlete.
"After extensive deliberation ... we are not able to come to a unanimous verdict," the jury forewoman wrote to Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian. "More time tomorrow will not affect the verdict dispute."...
TAMPA — Amid a statewide furor that arose when his Orlando counterpart announced her opposition to the death penalty, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren sought to clarify his own position on capital punishment.
In a three-page policy proposal in March, he wrote that he would pursue the death penalty only in the very worst cases, and not in cases "where mental illness played a role in the commission of the crime."...
TAMPA — Everything had been worked out.
The former pastor had already admitted to sexually abusing one of his teenage congregants. He had agreed to serve 10 years in prison. He said nothing as he waited Thursday for a judge to pronounce the sentence.
But the girl's mother couldn't stay silent.
"He used God as a weapon," she told the judge. "Fear as a weapon. Her own beliefs as a weapon."...
TAMPA — He's accused in the sadistic murders of two men more than a decade ago. Last week, he was brought back to Hillsborough County to face trial. He faces the death penalty.
None of that appeared to matter much to Steven Lorenzo when he appeared in court Wednesday morning.
He told a judge he doesn't want a lawyer, that the court was "a fiction," and that he had already "settled" his case....
TAMPA — The Valrico mother accused of hiding the guns after her teenage son shot and killed another boy in their garage told a judge Tuesday that she wants a trial, not a plea deal.
Heidi Quinn rejected offers of probation and gun safety school. Her trial on two counts of tampering with evidence starts Monday. If a jury finds her guilty, she could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison....
ODESSA — A small manned helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County on Monday, injuring a pilot, officials said.
The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. at 9450 Roberts Road.
The pilot, Bradley John Bates, 51, of 10207 Lake Grove Drive, called 911 after the crash, Hillsborough Fire Rescue officials said. He was the only person onboard.
"The pilot was then brought out of the aircraft, put on a backboard and taken to a local area hospital as a trauma alert," said Hillsborough Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff. "There was significant damage done to the roof of this home. Thankfully no one was home."...
TAMPA — Brandon Russell, the neo-Nazi former roommate of double-murder suspect Devon Arthurs, is expected to plead guilty next week to federal explosives charges.
Russell's attorney, Ian Goldstein, said Wednesday that his client will admit to possessing a destructive device and storing explosive material. Authorities discovered the items at the Tampa Palms apartment where he lived with Arthurs....
Ex-HARC boss Richard Lilliston gets five years for role in diverting Social Security from disabled clients09/18/17Criminal
TAMPA — Richard Lilliston used to be admired. Now, old friends shun him.
In the years when he ran a Hillsborough County agency for the mentally disabled, he enjoyed a reputation as a man who dedicated his life to serving those less fortunate.
But on Monday, a federal judge sent the 70-year-old Lilliston to prison for the longest term possible — five years — for taking advantage of those very same people and stealing from the government in the process....