Man accused of going on statewide crime spree sentenced to 18 years for crimes in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been more than three years since prosecutors say a man raped a woman at an apartment building in Casselberry, then went on a statewide crime spree before he was caught.

Benjamin Hovan’s case was delayed due to COVID-19, but on Friday he was sentenced to 18 years for the crimes he committed in Orange County.

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Hovan will get credit for time served, but he still faces even more charges in Seminole County, where he is accused of kidnapping and attacking two women at an apartment complex before he raped one of them. That charge carries a life sentence if convicted.

Hovan looked straight ahead as the judge sentenced him on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, carjacking, burglary of a dwelling and grand theft auto.

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Before he was sentenced, Hovan’s attorney read a statement for him since he still faces even more serious charges in Seminole County, including rape and kidnapping. In it, Hovan said he is sorry for anyone that was affected by his actions.

“I spent the past three years incarcerated thinking about how I could take back but I can’t and I live with that,” the statement read. “Regret has eaten me up inside every day. I am asking you to forgive me so I can forgive myself.”

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Karen Worstley told the judge Hovan turned around photos, ate her food, and slept in her daughter’s bed before he stole their vehicle and drove to South Florida where he attacked an elderly woman.

“He chipped away at our sense of home as a safe haven, our peaceful neighborhood and the protection of our security system,” Worstley said. “As much as we love this house it’s always going to be the place he broke into.”

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A local doctor said Hovan has schizophrenia and is on medication and is doing fine.

There is no word on when he will be sent to Seminole County to face the charges there.


Jeff Levkulich

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Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.