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FLORIDA PRISON WORKERS ACCUSED OF PLOTTING TO KILL INMATE
Officials say three Ku Klux Klan members who worked at a Florida prison have been charged with plotting to kill a black inmate after his release in retaliation for a fight in a case that marks the latest black eye for the troubled state prison system. The three men each were arrested Thursday on one state count of conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities say the murder plotting started after an officer at the Department of Corrections Reception and Medical Center in rural north Florida had a fight with the inmate.
DAY THAT FLORIDA BOY SHOT HIS BROTHERS WAS LIKE ANY OTHER
Officials say there was no argument or incident that sparked a 12-year-old to fatally shoot his 6-year-old brother, wound his 16-year-old brother, and then turn the gun on himself. According to a statement Thursday the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin Pimentel was making dinner in the family’s Pasco County home on March 25 and asked his older brother, Trevor, to help. Trevor Pimentel told detectives that Kevin shot Brady in Brady’s room.
VANILLA ICE ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL IN FLORIDA BURGLARY CASE
Vanilla Ice has accepted a plea deal to perform community service after being arrested over the break-in and theft at an abandoned home in Florida. The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appeared in circuit court in West Palm Beach on Thursday. He agreed to a fine and 100 hours of community service to avoid charges of grand theft in the February incident. Van Winkle hosts a home-improvement show, DIY Network’s “The Vanilla Ice Project,” and was renovating a home next to the victim. He said the alleged theft was a misunderstanding.
FLORIDA HOUSE AND SENATE PASS VASTLY DIFFERENT BUDGETS
The two chambers of the Florida Legislature at odds over a new state budget, and it’s not clear how soon the differences can be worked out. The Florida House on Thursday voted 86-29 in favor of a nearly $76.2 billion budget. The Florida Senate a day earlier unanimously approved its $80.4 billion spending plan. Legislators are supposed to finish up work on a new budget by May 1.
FLORIDA TEEN BEATEN BY VICTIM’S FATHER GETS 25 YEARS
A teenager who was beaten unconscious after a Daytona Beach father says he found him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. A Volusia County judge sentenced 18-year-old Raymond Frolander on Thursday after he pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious molestation of a child. The victim’s father told police that he walked in on Frolander abusing his son last July and immediately attacked the teen. No charges were ever filed against the father.