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Hit and run victim not happy with plea deal

Hit and run victim not happy with plea deal

Tampa, Florida --  On Tuesday, Andres Trujillo pleaded guilty to two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, one with an injury and another with a death.

Police say Trujillo admitted to his involvement of a hit and run crash on Kennedy Boulevard that killed UT student Erik Nicoletti and severely injured his friend, 20-year-old Cree Riley.

He will serve 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years probation under the terms of the plea deal.

It's not the outcome Riley had hoped for.

"I'm kind of dumbfounded by the whole situation," Riley told 10 News from her home in Pennsylvania.

She was visiting a friend in Tampa in November of 2009 when she met Nicoletti.  The two were walking with a group of friends to get food when they were hit by the car driven by Trujillo.

He later ditched the car, but turned himself in after police found his vehicle and traced it back to him.

"Operation Happy Holidays" arrests

"Operation Happy Holidays" arrests

Plant City, FL -- Plant City Police Department announces the culmination of "Operation Happy Holidays."

The operation targeted street level narcotics dealers and resulted in arrest warrants issued for 22 individuals. Of the 22 individuals charged, 17 have already been placed into custody. Detectives purchased a variety of narcotics including marijuana, "crack" cocaine and ecstasy pills. In addition, this operation resulted in the confiscation of over one pound of marijuana, over $14,000 in cash, and the seizure of one vehicle used to facilitate a narcotics transaction.

Plant City shooter sentenced to life term

Plant City shooter sentenced to life term

Plant City, FL -- A Plant City shooter responsible for a massive manhunt that shut down the city and involved the death of a bystander was sentenced to life today.

Francisco Rangel was sentenced this morning to life in prison for second degree murder and 30 years for attempted murder. Rangel was convicted earlier this month with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of Michael James Longoria and attempted second degree murder in the wounding of Vidal Quijada.

On December 4, 2008, Rangel fatally shot Longoria in the abdomen and chest and also shot Quijada when he tried to run away from Rangel.

The next day, detectives spotted Rangel driving through the back roads east of Plant City. The manhunt involved more than 400 officers from local, county, and state agancies.

Registered sex offender wanted for touching girls in Valrico Wal-Mart

Registered sex offender wanted for touching girls in Valrico Wal-Mart

Largo, FL -- Registered sex offender, Robert Smith is wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for touching several girls in a Valrico Wal-Mart on East Brandon Blvd. Saturday afternoon.

Detectives reviewed the surveillance video and observed Smith touched at least six young females on the buttocks then walked away. An 11-year-old victim's father saw the suspect touch his daughter and confronted him.

Warrants have been obtained for his arrest, but when officers went to his Largo residence to get him, he wasn't there. Detectives are asking other victims to notify the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200 if you were approached by Smith.

He was last seen driving a 1988 Maroon Ford Pick-Up Truck. TAG - R F U 11.  He faces two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Hearing postponed for teacher accused of lewd molestation

Tampa, FL - Tammy Clinton of Odessa, who was charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct on Feb. 4 2010, appeared in Hillsborough County Court today for a deposition. She was originally booked at Orient Road Jail in West Tampa

Clinton, who will turn 40 years old this week, was a 6th grade teacher at Farnell Middle School when she allegedly asked a 14-year-old student to fondle her breasts and buttocks in January of 2010. In addition, on two other occasions, she attempted to entice the victim to meet her off of the school campus, which is located between East Lake and Westchase, for the purpose of committing specific sexual acts on the victim.

Friend: School board gunman had "borderline personalities"

Friend: School board gunman had "borderline personalities"

A Facebook friend says she wasn't shocked to hear that Clay Duke, 56, opened fire at a Bay County School Board meeting Tuesday.

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Holly George says she and her mother have known Duke, who is a Tampa native who attended King High School near Temple Terrace, for about two years.

"My mom said he had borderline personalities," George told 10 News Reporter Janie Porter early Wednesday morning.

DUI enforcement to increase during holidays

DUI enforcement to increase during holidays

Temple Terrace, FL - This year, The Temple Terrace Police Department plans to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers during the holiday season. The Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign will have officers throughout the USF-Temple Terrace area stepping up efforts to arrest DUI offenders through December.

Florida's "Over The Limit, Under Arrest" campaign to reduce DUI-related accidents corresponds with the local initiative, which is split into two phases. The first began Nov. 28 and runs through Dec. 11, while the second will begin Dec. 16 and continue through the first of the year.