Florida briefs

Published July 8, 2006

Tampa man gets 15 years in fatal carjacking

DAYTONA BEACH - A Tampa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a fatal carjacking at the 2005 Black College Reunion.

Adrian Nelson, 22, was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Julianne Piggotte. Nelson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 15, 2005, death of Donell King, 20.

King was on a double date when armed men ordered the couples to give up their car. He was shot in the neck after arguing with the attackers, witnesses said.

Nelson faced up to 30 years in prison, but the judge took into consideration that he helped investigators locate three other suspects.

The gunman, Herbert Manago, 18, was convicted of first-degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. Ronald Brown has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. A fourth suspect, Tamonta Sampson, was acquitted.

Vacationing scuba diver dies off Palm Beach

PALM BEACH - Investigators were trying to determine Friday what killed a Salt Lake City man who died diving off Palm Beach.

Hyo H. Copinga, 59, was in a group of 10 people, including his two daughters, who took the commercial dive boat Deep Obsession to Flower Patches reef Thursday. The group went down for a 45-minute dive in 60 feet of water, according to the Coast Guard. Copinga never resurfaced.

Divers found Copinga's body underwater several hours later.

State has 31 road deaths in July Fourth 'weekend'

Highway accidents over the five days ending with the Fourth of July killed 31 people, says a preliminary report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The deaths resulted from 30 accidents, and alcohol played a part in 11 of them, the patrol said.