Seffner Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Misprision of Felony Conviction
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 04, 2013|
TAMPA—U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. today sentenced Courtnee Brantley (of Seffner) to 12 months and one day in federal prison for her felony conviction of misprision of felony. Brantley was found guilty of the crime by a federal jury on January 16, 2013, following a second trial in the case. The first trial resulted in a hung jury.
Brantley’s charge and conviction resulted from her actions following the murders of Tampa Police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab on June 29, 2010, by Dontae Morris. Brantley was operating a vehicle without a tag, resulting in Officer Curtis stopping the vehicle and the ensuing fatal encounter. The evidence at the trial revealed that Brantley left the scene of the shooting and concealed her vehicle. Brantley further communicated with Morris following the murders.
This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and other federal and local law enforcement agencies. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James C. Preston, Jr.