Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-175

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 6, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Double Homicide And Triple Shooting

    Deputies make two arrests.
    • Sunday
    • May 5, 2013
    • Time: 11:12 AM
    • 7420 Manhattan Drive
    • Tampa, FL


    Jason Mark Burnett
    DOB: 5-4-76
    Address: At large


    • First Degree Murder (2 counts)
    • Attempted First Degree Murder
    • Home Invasion Robbery
    • Aggravated Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony


    Gary Honish
    DOB: 8-19-65
    Address: At large


    • Accessory After The Fact To Home Invasion Robbery


    Fern Giddings (deceased)
    DOB: 2-4-57
    7420 Manhattan Drive
    Nel Mason (deceased)
    DOB: 5-6-60
    7420 Manhattan Drive

    Christina Soto (St. Joseph’s Hospital)
    DOB: 2-28-78
    7420 Manhattan Drive


    On May 5, 2013 at approximately 11:12 a.m., the witness ran to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s District Three Office and reported that three women had been shot at the residence located at 7420 Manhattan Drive in Tampa. Deputies immediately responded to the reported incident scene and discovered victim, Fern Giddings, DOB 2/4/57 and Nel Mason, DOB 5/6/60 inside the residence and injured from apparent gunshot wounds. A third victim was found lying on the ground outside the residence, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds as well. That individual was identified as Christina Soto, DOB 2/28/78 and was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital where she remains in critical condition. Nel Mason was also transported to St. Joseph’s hospital where he died from her injuries. Fern Giddings was pronounced deceased at the scene and eye witnesses were later identified during the continued investigation. During that time, two individuals by the names of Gary Honish and Jason Burnett were identified as the two parties involved in the incident. Due to the rapid response of the District One and District Three Street Crimes units, both suspects were quickly located and taken into custody for questioning. A firearm was located, which is believed to be the weapon used during this incident. After conducting several interviews and conferring with the State Attorney’s Office, Jason Burnett was charged with Felony Murder in the 1st Degree with a Firearm (2 counts). Gary Honish was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to Home Invasion Robbery. .

    Gary Honish knew the victims and had done previous narcotic transactions with them. Based on the information that Honish had provided Burnett that the victims would be a good target for a home invasion as they would have narcotics and cash on hand, Burnett had Honish drive to the residence. And after Honish dropped Burnett off, Burnett returned to the vehicle and stated that he had robbed the victims.

    All three women lived at the Manhattan residence. Nel Mason is the mother of Christina Soto and Fern Giddings was a friend of both.
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