The 11-year-old Gorrie Elementary School fifth-grader who was arrested Wednesday for bringing marijuana to school said he found the drugs.
Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said the boy told investigators he found a bag with 16 grams of marijuana near Lemon Street and Delaware Avenue while waiting on his bus. The boy said the bag was laying near a tree.
He said he had planned to give administrators the marijuana.
The boy showed the marijuana to a classmate before school. The classmate informed the assistant principal, who alerted law enforcement. He was arrested 30-minutes into the school day and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
The boy, whose name was not released, has been charged with a misdemeanor. He was suspended for 10 days and most likely will be transferred to an alternative education program.
"TV defense' killer wins release
TALLAHASSEE _ A man who gained national notoriety as a teenager 27 years ago when his lawyer unsuccessfully argued that "television intoxication" led the boy to murder an elderly neighbor will be get out of prison a year early.
The Florida Parole Commission voted 2-1 on Wednesday to allow Ronny Zamora to be released this June 7 instead of 2005 as earlier scheduled.
Zamora was 15 in 1977 when he robbed and murdered 83-year-old Elinor Haggart. His sensational trial was one of the first to be televised. His attorney, Ellis Rubin, used a "TV defense," arguing that watching violent programs like Kojak had prompted Zamora to kill.
In an appeal, Zamora turned against his lawyer and claimed the TV intoxication argument made a mockery of his defense. A federal court upheld the conviction.
Zamora was denied parole in 2001, but the Parole Commission reconsidered his case last year after his attorneys said his behavior in the last 10 years has been excellent and he had received "glowing" reports from psychologists.
Upon his release, he will be deported to his native Costa Rica, where he will work for the country's minister of justice.