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12-085 Homicide Detective Wins Recognition During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Who:
Detective John T. Spoor
Robbery/Homicide Unit
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Hired: 7/19/96

Cold Case Victim:
Hoeschele Bernard Thomas
DOB: 9/19/58
Address: 11705 126th Terrace – Largo

Event:
National Victims’ Rights Week April 23- 28, 2012 Florida Attorney General Recognitions

What:  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective John Spoor along with several other law enforcement and civilian recipients were recognized by Governor Scott and the Cabinet during National Victims’ Rights Week.

In a special presentation before the Florida Cabinet, Detective Spoor and other winners received a special tribute for their commitment to preserving the rights of crime victims in Florida.

Where:  The Cabinet Meeting Room at the Capitol – Tallahassee

When:  The presentation was at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

How/Why: 

Detective Spoor was nominated for this honor for his work in connection with a 2006 cold case homicide.

On October 29, 2006, Hoeschele Bernard Thomas (DOB: 9/19/58) was shot and gravely wounded just after 1:00 a.m. in front of a residence located at 11706 126th Terrace in Largo.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives responded, the crime scene was processed and evidence gathered, but the case eventually became a Cold Case.

In May of 2011, Detective Spoor reviewed the case, and began making connections between the Hoeschele Thomas homicide and other crimes in the area at that time, notably, an unsolved drive-by shooting in Clearwater, and an auto theft in Largo. He incorporated these cases into the homicide case, and began to get results. He coordinated with multiple prisons to conduct interviews of witnesses, and was able to use current charges, pending cases, prison locations and length of sentences to convince multiple subjects to cooperate.

His painstaking work paid-off, and Detective Spoor was able to establish a suspect in the homicide, Lloyd “Pooh” Neal, who was already serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Clearwater.

Detective’s Spoor’s efforts resulted in the successful charging of a suspect who killed two people.

He is being recognized today and during Victims’ Rights Week for going the extra mile to bring peace of mind to the victim’s family and to hold a suspect accountable or his crime. 

 

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