A 21-year-old Tampa man, Jy’Quale Samari Grable, has been sentenced to life in federal prison for conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and first-degree premeditated murder of two individuals by U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew. A federal jury had found Grable guilty on November 18, 2022.
According to evidence presented at trial, on December 22, 2020, Grable orchestrated a plan in which he and two co-conspirators drove to the Valrico Station Apartments in Brandon to conduct a robbery of marijuana. Grable went to the victims’ third floor apartment. On the back patio of the apartment, Grable shot B.B. in the neck, severing his spinal cord, and killing him instantly. Grable then shot M.M. in the chest, perforating his heart and lung, which lead to his death. Neighbors heard the gun shots and observed blood dripping from the third floor back balcony apartment down to the lower floors. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded and secured the scene.
According to evidence presented in court, Grable deleted messages and phone calls from his phone, had family members dispose of the murder weapon, and burned his bloody clothing.
“Combatting the drug-related violence plaguing our communities is one of DEA’s top priorities,” said DEA Miami Field Division Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter. “Our joint partnerships were pivotal to the success of this investigation, and we will continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe and healthy.”
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Tampa District Office and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.