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Parents of Seminole Heights killings suspect processed at jail for house arrest

TAMPA — The parents of a man accused in last year’s Seminole Heights killings reported to a Hillsborough County jail Wednesday morning to be outfitted with the GPS monitors they’ll wear during their six months of house arrest.

Rosita Donaldson was booked into the Orient Road jail at 8:16 a.m. and her husband Howell Donaldson Jr. was booked about an hour later, records show. They are expected to be processed, fitted with monitors controlled by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and returned to their Tampa home.

The Donaldsons had been wearing temporary monitors operated by a private company since they were sentenced Friday to six months of home confinement for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.

Their son, Howell Donaldson III, 24, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the seemingly random shooting deaths last fall of Benjamin Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; Anthony Naiboa, 20; and Ronald Felton, 60.

After an hour-long hearing, Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe found the parents to be in indirect civil contempt of court for violating an order compelling them to meet with prosecutors.

BACKSTORY: Seminole Heights suspect’s parents sentenced to house arrest, found in contempt of court

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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