Plant City Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Park Next to Elementary School
The U.S. attorney says his co-defendant is scheduled to plead guilty in November.
TAMPA – A Plant City man has pleaded guilty to shooting a man to death in a park that is next door to an elementary school.
ilmer Rosales, a/k/a “DoubleU,” 22, of Plant City, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to traffic in controlled substances; conspiring to commit robbery; committing robbery; using a firearm and causing the first degree murder of Grant Urquhart in furtherance of the drug conspiracy; and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.
Rosales faces up to life in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. A sentencing date has not been set.
Rosales’s co-defendant, Joel Sierra, a/k/a “Jojo,” (25, Plant City) is scheduled to plead guilty Nov. 12.
According to court documents, Rosales and Sierra lured Urquhart to Springhead Park, adjacent to Springhead Elementary School in Plant City. Rosales and Sierra claimed they wanted to purchase marijuana from Urquhart, but they in fact planned to rob him.
Rosales and other co-conspirators waited in nearby vehicles, armed—Rosales with a 7.62 mm rifle—while Sierra got into Urquhart’s vehicle for the robbery. Sierra robbed Urquhart of marijuana and money and then fled. When Urquhart chased Sierra, Rosales drove by and repeatedly fired the weapon at Urquhart, hitting him multiple times.
Rosales and the other co-conspirators then left the scene. Rosales returned to the scene shortly after the shooting and again fired at Urquhart, who was lying on the ground while others were attempting to help him. Urquhart died from his gunshot wounds.
Before the murder, Rosales was previously convicted of possessing methamphetamine and possessing 20 grams or more of marijuana. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
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