Thursday, November 8, 2012
In a surprise twist, a Largo man accused of chatting online about kidnapping and eating a child has rejected a plea deal on lesser charges and opted to go before a jury, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
In a surprise twist, the Largo puppeteer accused of chatting online about kidnapping and eating a child has rejected a plea deal on lesser charges and demanded that his case go before a jury, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ronald William Brown, 57, has decided not to go forward with a tentative plea deal he signed last week that would see him plead guilty to two charges of possessing child pornography and likely face between five and 10 years in federal prison. Instead, prosecuters now say they will seek additional charges against Brown that "could include conspiring to kidnap a child, an offense carrying a life sentence for which Brown was arrested but ultimately not charged," the Times reports. Want more Largo news and updates? Sign up for…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Ronald William Brown could serve up to 10 years in prison under the plea agreement, his attorney told the Tampa Bay Times, but he escaped a more serious charge of conspiring to kidnap a child and a much harsher sentence.
The Largo puppeteer accused of chatting online about killing, cooking and eating a child plans to plead guilty to possessing child pornography and could spend up to 10 years in jail, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ronald William Brown, 57, has signed an agreement to plead guilty in federal court to possessing and receiving child pornography, according to the Times. Brown's attorney told the Times it's likely that Brown will serve between about 6 1/2 and 10 years in prison, according to federal court guidelines. But under the plea deal, Brown will escape a more serious charge of conspiring to kidnap a child and a much harsher sentence. Want more Largo news and updates? Sign up for our free email newsletter and "like" us on Facebook. Brown …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The professional puppeteer will not face the charge of conspiring to kidnap a child, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Federal agents and other law enforcement officials removed evidence from Largo puppeteer Ronald William Brown's mobile home for a second time Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The home of a Largo puppeteer and child pornography suspect was searched by federal agents again Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to the Times, about a dozen officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the Largo Police Department searched Ronald William Brown's Whispering Pines mobile home and removed evidence for the second time. Brown, 57, was arrested last week by federal agents and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child and talking online about torturing, cooking and eating them. Investigators who searched his home last week said they found images of child pornography, children engaged in bondage and images of what appear to be dead children. A 29-page …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Members of Gulf Coast Church are still reeling from the news of gruesome charges against Ronald William Brown, WTSP 10 News reports.
Members of a local church community say they are shocked by the child pornography charges filed against a Largo man and puppeteer who volunteered there for years in the children's ministry. "Gut-wrenching. Sickening. Shock," said one member of Gulf Coast Church, who didn't wish to be identified, in an interview with WTSP 10 News. Gulf Coast Pastor Randy Morris told the news station he was "obviously very shocked and sick to my stomach over the allegations. And disappointed." Ronald William Brown, 57, was arrested last week by federal agents and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child and talking online about torturing, cooking and eating them. Investigators said they found images of child pornography, children engaged in bondage and …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The acting attorney for Ronald William Brown said the suspect is not involved in conspiring to kidnap a child. Federal agents say Brown talked online about cooking and eating children and had child porn in his home.
The acting attorney for a Largo puppeteer accused of conspiring to kidnap a child, talking about cooking and eating children and possessing child porn says the suspect is innocent, TBO.com reports. "It is his contention right now that he didn't do this, that he's not involved with this," said Eric Kuske, who helped represent Ronald William Brown in court Tuesday, according to the news site. A federal judge granted Brown a continuance in Tuesday's bond hearing, TBO reports, and Kuske told the site the hearing could be next week. Kuske said he has not yet determined whether he'll accept the case. Brown, 57, was busted by U.S. Marshals at his Whispering Pines mobile home off 142nd Street last week after agents said he chatted online with …