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Date: 08-02-2021

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United States of America v. Terrance Lee Hsster, Jr.

Case Number: 8:20-cr-00225-TPB-CPT

Judge: Thomas Barber

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Hillsborough County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Middle District of Florida United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Tampa, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce.

Terrance Lee Hester Jr. (21, Tampa) was indicted for setting fire to a building.

The events that led to Hester’s conviction occurred around midnight on May 31, 2020, in a shopping plaza located at 2301 East Fowler Avenue in Tampa. Simultaneously with a peaceful protest going on in the area, certain individuals began to loot and destroy property, including setting fire to the Champs Sports store located in the plaza. The building, which also housed other businesses, became fully engulfed in fire, resulting in major damage and loss of property. The loss to the building, the Champs Sports store, and the other businesses is estimated at $1.25 million.

Video footage obtained by investigators revealed that Hester tossed a flaming piece of cloth into the Champs Sports store through a broken window. Fire investigators determined that the fire originated inside the Champs Sports store, and Hester’s act caused or contributed to the cause of the fire.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Tampa Police Department, and Tampa Fire Rescue. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Sinacore.

18:844A.F PENALTIES FOR 18:842A-I

Outcome: Imprisonment: 60 Months; Supervised Release: 36 Months; Fine: Waived; Restitution: To be determined; Special Assessment: $100.00

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