Tow Company Owner Found Guilty in Fatal Shooting

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area tow company owner who claimed he fatally shot a man in self-defense has been convicted of murder.

A Hillsborough County jury found Donald Montanez guilty Thursday of manslaughter, third-degree murder and other charges.

Prosecutors say Montanez directed his employees in January 2006 to tow Glen Rich’s car from behind a strip club, where it was legally parked. The car and others were taken to a nearby drop site, which the property owners say Montanez’s company was not authorized to use.

When Rich tracked down his car and tried to drive away in it, Montanez shot the man, claiming Rich drove at him and his employees.

Witnesses testified that Montanez had pointed his gun at others trying to retrieve their vehicles before shooting Rich.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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