Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis sets May execution for Florida serial killer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:33 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
  • Photo via Florida Department of Corrections
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed his first death warrant, with an execution scheduled May 23 for Tampa-area serial killer Robert Joseph Long, according to documents posted on the Florida Supreme Court website.

Long was sentenced to death in the May 1984 murder of Michelle Simms after picking her up on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.



In 1985, Long also pleaded guilty to seven additional first-degree murder charges and numerous charges for sexual batteries and kidnappings, according to a letter sent last month from Attorney General Ashley Moody to DeSantis about Long’s eligibility for execution.

Long, now 65, is serving multiple life sentences, along with the death sentence, at Union Correctional Institution.

The state Department of Corrections website indicates all eight murders occurred in 1984 in Hillsborough County, though he also has convictions on other charges from Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 8, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation