A convicted felon released from prison early for the 1990 murder of his Orlando area neighbor is again behind bars.
James Randall Brennan is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail following his arrest Friday night on DUI Manslaughter charges.
According to a Tampa Police Department report Michelle Renee Wells was traveling south on North Nebraska Ave. on a scooter approaching 112th Ave. when she was hit from behind by a 2006 Dodge van driven by Brennan.
The incident occurred just before 9 p.m.
Investigators say the suspect failed to observe Wells. The 37-year-old woman was ejected onto the roadway on impact and was run over by the van.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brennan, 49, attempted to flee the scene but a witness saw him park the vehicle near the intersection of North Nebraska and 109th Ave. As a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy approached the vehicle the suspect exited and attempted to flee on foot.
He didn't get far and was taken into custody.
Brennan is facing one count of DUI Manslaughter, one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license.
The suspect is no stranger to law enforcement with an arrest record that goes back two decades. In 1990 Brennan was arrested on a second-degree murder charge for 36-year-old David Hamm to death following a drunken fight.
In August 1991 Brennan was sentenced to 22 years in jail for the crime after entering a plea of no contest. During sentencing he told and Orange County Circuit Court Judge that he and Hamm argued and punches were thrown.
Hamm hit his head on some concrete and Brennan burned the body a day later.
He was released from prison in July 2002 but was sent back less than two years later for violating the terms of his probation.
Brennan was arrested in Pinellas County in April, 2011 on a charge of disorderly intoxication.
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