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Surviving Burglar Faces Felony Murder Charge After Homeowner Slays His Alleged Accomplice

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A Plant City man is facing a murder charge after an armed robbery he and another man allegedly perpetrated ended in the death of the other alleged robber.

The 21-year-old man and a 27-year-old accomplice allegedly broke into a home on the 100 block of Old Welcome Road on October 30, walking in through a back door of the dwelling. The two men were allegedly armed and wearing masks to obscure their faces when they entered the home and ordered its residents onto the ground.

Upon entering, the two men allegedly demanded money from a 34-year-old resident. The resident refused, and the burglars allegedly responded by pistol-whipping him. Hearing the tumult, the man's wife responded with an AR-10 rifle and began firing at the burglars, though she said in a later interview that she was unsure if she struck either men.

Deputies arrived shortly after the two men fled, and they began to canvass the area in search of the alleged burglars. In short order they discovered the body of the 27-year-old man lying in a drainage ditch, with a mask, a firearm, and a money-filled backpack nearby. A subsequent autopsy determined that the man expired from a bullet wound that punctured his lung.

Last week Hillsborough County deputies say they tracked down the second burglar and arrested him on December 14. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of second-degree felony murder with a firearm. The Florida native remains in custody in lieu of a bond of $150,000.

A third individual who investigators say acted as a get-away driver was arrested the following day and charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder. She posted a bond of $7,500 and was released hours later.

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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