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Tampa Man Gets Automatic Life Sentence for 2013 Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk

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A Tampa 24-year-old will spend the remainder of his natural life in the Florida prison system after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Tuesday.

Prosecutors opted not to pursue the death penalty against Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni due to his history of mental illness. They did not say it played a factor in the murder they allege he committed in the summer of 2013, for which he was held to be responsible last week.

According to authorities, Bongiovanni entered a convenience store in the early morning hours of July 10 that year and hid in its restroom, exiting it moments later and winding silently among the store's aisles. They say video evidence shows him attacking Kenneth Redding, the clerk on duty at the time, and stabbing him almost three dozen times before absconding with a roll of lottery tickets. Investigators say that those tickets, coupled with a trail of Redding's blood, led them to Bongiovanni.

Bongiovanni was arrested twenty-three hours later and booked into Hillsborough County Jail in the afternoon of the following day. His charges included first-degree murder, felony murder, and an out-of-county warrant for allegedly violating probation on a conviction for aggravated battery.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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