TAMPA — John Andrew Welden, the Tampa man accused of surreptitiously giving his pregnant ex-girlfriend pills to cause a miscarriage, has agreed to plead guilty Monday to product tampering and mail fraud.
A plea agreement filed Friday recommends that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentence Welden to 13 years and 8 months, preferably at a low-security federal prison camp.
He signed the agreement, as did his attorney and prosecutors....
TAMPA — Ellen Sullivan Williams did not live in a greenhouse. Life was not easy. Her only son, Daniel, died young. Her marriage failed. She lived alone, an ocean away from family and her Irish homeland.
But even through tears, she grew flowers.
Her fingers were always in soil. Plants sprouted in her bathroom and turned hardy on her patio and then bloomed at the homes of her South Tampa friends....
PLANT CITY — Ethel Hardee was a grandmother when the idea struck her. Her husband hunted in those days, the late 1950s, and the girls were both grown and married. Mrs. Hardee decided she needed a new interest, beyond poetry and bridge.
Then it came to her. She would learn to fly airplanes.
It must have felt delicious, for she decided not to tell her husband right away. He was Clifford Hardee, founder of Hardee Manufacturing Co. and Plant City Steel....