Reservist Accused of Attacking Priest Won’t Be Charged

March 9, 2010  []

TAMPA — Prosecutors will not pursue charges against a Marine reservist accused of beating a Greek Orthodox priest with a tire iron.

Mike Sinacore, head of the felony division of the Hillsborough County state attorney’s office, said his office reviewed the testimony of those involved and the arguments of the attorney for suspect Jasen Bruce.

“After considering the law, the evidence and the information and arguments provided by defense counsel, it is evident that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Bruce committed a crime and acted without legal justification,” Sinacore said today.

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