Man sentenced to life in prison for '05 murder

By Times Wires
Published February 14, 2007

A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of a 2005 murder in St. Petersburg. Jurors took just over two hours to find Terrance W. Porter, 25, guilty of first-degree murder. Judge Joseph Bulone last week sentenced Porter to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the only sentence allowed after first-degree murder convictions in which prosecutors don't seek the death penalty. Porter shot to death 24-year-old Cory Ware on Jan. 26, 2005, possibly during a robbery. Two witnesses saw Porter drag what appeared to be a body into Ware's car that day. Ware's body was found inside the car the next day. Porter's fingerprints were found on the car. Porter was on the lam for five months before he turned himself in to police. He made no statements. His brother, Orthia Porter, also is wanted in connection with another murder in St. Petersburg. Police say Orthia Porter killed Antonio Cummings after an argument by spraying bullets into a car. Orthia Porter remains at large.

Lightning injures landscape worker

A 39-year-old man was injured by lightning Tuesday afternoon in Tierra Verde as severe weather moved through the Tampa Bay area, St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue officials said. The man, whose identity officials did not disclose for federal privacy reasons, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. He was conscious and appeared to be in stable condition, a St. Petersburg fire official said. Bay News 9 reported his identity as Javiar Perez. The man was cutting grass for a landscaping agency when he was injured. Officials say the lightning may have first struck a nearby tree around the 1700 block of Oceanview Drive.

Man tries to rob Amscot teller

Deputies are seeking a man who demanded money from an Amscot teller, then grabbed a customer's purse when the teller refused to hand anything over. The incident happened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at 10967 Causeway Blvd. The man displayed a knife when he approached the teller. He grabbed a 59-year-old customer, who broke free from his grasp. No one was hurt.