Around the region for Feb. 9, 2013
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:25 p.m.
2 inmates indicted in anthrax letter hoax
Two inmates at the Suwannee Correctional Institution in Live Oak face federal charges after a grand jury indicted them for allegedly sending fake anthrax letters to federal judges.
If convicted, Randy C. Johnson and Johnell Ford, both 20, face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, according to a Thursday news release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
Johnson, who is in prison for robbery and aggravated assault, is accused of sending an envelope containing a threatening letter and fake anthrax in January 2012 to a U.S. magistrate judge in Tampa. Johnson is currently slated to complete his state prison sentence in 2028, according to Department of Corrections records online.
Ford, who is in prison for robbery and sexual battery, is likewise accused of sending a threatening letter and fake anthrax. His letter was sent in August to a federal judge in Tampa, according to the news release.
Ford is currently slated to complete his prison term in 2026.
— Staff report
Newberry man accused of molesting young girl
A Newberry man has been charged with sexual battery on allegations he repeatedly molested a youngster over several years, according to an arrest report.
Troy Gregory King, 48, was charged with sexual battery of a victim under the age of 12 and with lewd and lascivious acts on a victim under the age of 12, the report states.
The girl, now 11 and in the fifth grade, told authorities King had been touching her inappropriately since she was in the first grade. He also committed sexual acts on her and exposed himself to her, the report states.
King admitted the allegations to authorities and said she was being flirty with him, the report states.
— Cindy Swirko
Police shoot homeless man on campus of FAU
BOCA RATON — Police say they shot a homeless man on the Florida Atlantic University campus.
The incident Friday morning occurred on the rooftop of a building on the north side of FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
Authorities said the man was armed with a knife. He is hospitalized, but his condition has not been released.
The Palm Beach Post reports the shooting didn’t prompt any evacuation or lockdown. Police called it an isolated incident.
Boca Raton police and the state attorney’s office are investigating.
— The Associated Press
Man sentenced to life in granddaughter’s death
CLEARWATER — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his young granddaughter.
As part of a deal with Pinellas County prosecutors, 58-year-old Sylvester David Carew pleaded guilty to murder Friday in order to avoid a possible death sentence.
Authorities say Carew and his girlfriend, Nikki Tyler Gardner-Bradley, brought 4-year-old Zineah Taylor Johnson’s lifeless body into a hospital in August 2008. Court records show the girl had sustained more than 100 injuries to her head, neck, torso and legs. Authorities later found several objects covered with duct tape in the Largo apartment where the three had lived.
Carew and Gardner-Bradley blamed each other for the girl’s death.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Gardner-Bradley was also charged with murder but was later found mentally incompetent to stand trial. She remains in custody.
— The Associated Press
Funeral held for two boys who were killed by father
BOYNTON BEACH — A South Florida man is being buried with two sons whom police say he killed before killing himself.
Boynton Beach police say Isidro Zavala killed two of his sons last week at the home of his estranged wife. According to police, Victoria Flores Zavala begged him to spare the children, but he refused and then killed himself.
It’s not clear what prompted the slayings. The couple’s 19-year-old son was not at the house.
A funeral was held Friday for the 11- and 12-year-old boys and their father. All three will be buried together in Boynton Beach.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Victoria Zavala said she was choosing “to extend the forgiveness that exists in Jesus Christ.”
Zavala asked relatives and friends to wear white to the funeral.
— The Associated Press
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