• Florida man leaves prison, then is arrested in connection with 2001 slaying

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    A Florida man was arrested Friday in connection with a 2001 murder -- the day he was released from federal prison after serving time for another crime.

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    Randy Petersilge, 51, was arrested on a Pasco County warrant for first-degree murder in the Nov. 28, 2001, death of 41-year-old Simon Clark, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

    Clark was found dead in New Port Richey as a result of blunt force trauma, the newspaper reported.

    There were no arrests made at the time, but Petersilge had been a possible suspect, WTSP reported.

    Police reopened the case in 2017, and on Jan. 11, 2018, a grand jury indicted Petersilge on a first-degree murder charge, WFLA reported.

    In 2015, Petersilge was convicted in federal court for possession of a firearm as a felon, the Times reported. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

    He was leaving prison Friday after serving that sentence when he was arrested, the newspaper reported.

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