Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-099

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 26, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Ex-boyfriend Shoots Friend Of Ex-girlfriend

    Ex-boyfriend confronts ex-girlfriend and her friend and shoots and kills her friend.
    • Thursday
    • March 25, 2010
    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • 3601 Joe Sanchez Rd
    • Plant City
    Suspect:

    Leonel Marquetti, DOB 6-30-59
    Address: At Large

    Charges:

    First Degree Murder
    Armed Burglary with a Firearm
    Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

    Victims:

    Siglinde M. Sperber DOB 12-23-64
    3601 Joe Sanchez Road
    Plant City


    Michael Hurlbutt, DOB 7-29-68
    313 Spring Creek Avenue
    Brandon


    Deputies responded to the above address in reference to a shooting. A deceased male was discovered outside the residence and the suspect and female victim were inside the residence. The suspect, Leonel Marquetti is the ex-boyfriend of victim Siglinde Sperber. They had ended their relationship approximately two months ago. Sperber was at the Joe Sanchez address with a friend, Michael Hurlbutt who was going to help her remove some of her belongings from the residence. The ex-boyfriend arrived at the residence and walked to the back patio area where the two victims were located. The suspect fired several rounds at the victim, hitting him several times. Hurlbutt died at the scene. The suspect then forced Sperber at gunpoint back into the residence where the suspect then called the Sheriff's Office and remained at the scene waiting for the arrival of deputies. Marquetti was taken into custody on the above charges. The handgun was recovered at the scene. Sperber was not injured.
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