Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 17, 2007



Roger Stowell pleaded with a federal judge Friday for a prison sentence that would allow him to spend the final years of his life surrounded by loved ones, not inmates. "I don't want to die in jail," the 72-year-old Tampa man said. "I want to spend my last useful years with people who care about me and who will be willing to care for me." Stowell said those people won't be his immediate family. His wife and son turned him in to authorities in April after they found child pornography on his home computer. Stowell's attorney said in court that life expectancy charts indicate his client has about 10 years to live. And his health is fading, said assistant federal Public Defender Adam Allen. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday was unmoved. He gave Stowell the maximum prison time outlined in the sentencing guidelines - 171/2 years in federal prison for pleading guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography.

CB Bar patron shot during robbery

Police are investigating a robbery and shooting early Friday at the CB Bar, 4200 N 42nd St. Three men entered with handguns and demanded money from people in the bar, police said. They said Marquis I. Stewart, 27, struck out at one of the robbers and wrestled him to the ground. During the fight, another robber shot Stewart in the left calf, and another unnamed victim grabbed his own gun and fired seven to nine times at the robbers, hitting one of them. The three robbers sped away in a four-door Chevy. Soon thereafter, Adrion D. Evans, 23, of 9411 Chalet Court, showed up at St. Joseph's Hospital saying he had been shot in the stomach. Evans was taken to surgery.

Driver is charged in fatal collision

Deputies say a 21-year-old Gibsonton woman was speeding when she drove off the road Oct. 25, striking four posts and killing the passenger in the car. Brittany Romer of 9410 Bullfrog Court turned herself in Friday on a charge of vehicular homicide, jail records show. She was released after posting $25,000 bail. Deputies say Romer was speeding when the 2007 BMW convertible she was driving went off the road near Surfside Boulevard, struck four posts and flew into the air, tumbling 291 feet before coming to rest. The car's passenger, Rachel M. Morris, 20, of Riverview, died in the crash.


Burglary suspect pushed a stroller

It was 45 degrees outside when Cassie Chapman went rummaging through a stranger's car on Stagecoach Lane about 4 a.m. Friday, authorities said. When the car's owner spotted her, she took off running. And when a police dog caught up to her, according to a report, she had money, a power drill, CDs, a portable CD player and a car stereo on her - all stolen. Where was she stowing the loot? In a baby stroller, which was also holding a 5-month-old. Chapman, 22 of 8509 Hunting Saddle Drive was charged with auto burglary and petty theft, as well as child abuse.