A 16-year-old murder suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a security officer last month made his first appearance before a Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge early Saturday morning.
Larry Donnell Brown was denied bond. He is facing a variety of charges including one count of first-degree murder.
Michael Valentin, a 38-year-old father of two, was gunned down while on patrol at the Grande Oak Apartment complex on Wednesday, November 21st. He was working as a security officer for Largo-based Critical Intervention Services when he was killed.
Brown, who despite his age has a long criminal history, was originally arrested on an un-related stolen gun case on November 26th. He was charged as an adult in the Valentin homicide and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday.
Within 48 hours of his arrest on the stolen gun charge HCSO detectives zeroed in on Brown as a suspect in the Grande Oak shooting.
Investigators have also linked the juvenile suspect to a pair of ATM robberies that occurred in an area off Fowler Ave. just prior to the killing of Valentin.
In addition to the murder charge Brown is facing one count of attempted armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery, grand theft of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm.
According to court records the teen had 12 prior felony convictions before the homicide mostly for violent crimes. Investigators say Brown was attempting to rob Valentin when he allegedly shot him.
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