Attorney General, Pam Bondi announced sentencing of two Florida gang members to combined total of 19 years in prison
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that two gang members have been sentenced to a total of nearly 19 years in prison. In two unrelated cases, the Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted Danny “Midnight” Duran, a member of the SUR-13 gang, and Christopher “Fat Boy” Austin, a member of Cross-Fletcher Hot Boys gang.
“The Office of Statewide Prosecution will continue to work closely with law enforcement and State Attorneys throughout Florida to protect our communities from gang activity,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Duran, 22, pled guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to engage in racketeering, robbery with a firearm, and battery by a detainee. He has been sentenced to 13 years in prison followed by five years of probation. Austin, 26, pled guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to engage in racketeering, and failure to appear. He has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison followed by two years probation.
Duran’s case was prosecuted through a partnership between the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the State Attorney’s Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Austin’s case was prosecuted through a partnership between the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court strives to continuously improve, to meet or exceed public expectations, and to ensure that all persons are treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect. The duty of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court is to attain justice for the individual and society through the rule of law, while providing equal access for all. To accomplish this, it is essential that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit maintain the independence of the Judiciary while strengthening relations with the public, the bar, and the other branches of government.
The State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit is an official who is elected every four years. Mark Ober, along with Assistant State Attorneys, prosecutes criminals throughout our county, encompassing the city of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City. Article V, Florida Constitution, and Section 27, Florida Statutes, along with various other statutes, set out the authority and guidelines for the office of the State Attorney. The staff of approximately 352 includes more than 120 attorneys, 12 investigators and a dedicated support staff. Our office believes in being very involved in community interests. Our staff plays a part in numerous community-related committees and non-profit organizations.
The Mission is to ensure that justice is accomplished in all matters relating to the prosecution of criminal offenses. While they must remain vigorous in guarding the rights of all individuals who have contact with the criminal justice system, the protection of the citizens of Hillsborough County shall be the foremost consideration in whatever task they are pursuing. They will also zealously advocate for the rights of victims of crimes committed within the jurisdiction.