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Ex-Port Richey mayor Dale Massad pled guilty on Wednesday to lesser charges in the attempted murder case against him during a plea hearing held before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court judge Mary Handsel at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. Authorities say Massad fired on Pasco sheriff's deputies raiding his home in a 2019 investigation of allegations he was practicing law without a license. He was sentenced to 3-years in prison, but will get credit for the two years he has spent in county jail awaiting trial.
Massad faced attempted murder charges and a potential life sentence for firing on the SWAT team that raided his home.
Joilica Sutherland, 27, told police she shot a man during an argument at the Palm Avenue Apartments in Tampa, an arrest report says.
The officer, who is Black, said he did not mean the word in a derogatory manner.
The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Gunn Highway.

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