PORT RICHEY, Fla. — The former acting mayor of Port Richey who was embroiled in scandal last year with the then actual mayor has been sentenced to probation.
- Former acting Port Richey mayor Terrence Rowe sentenced to probation
- Rowe admitted to conspiring with former mayor Dale Massad to obstruct justice
- Massad, facing attempted murder charges after allegedly firing shots at deputies, is awaiting trial.
Terrence Rowe, who admitted to conspiring with former mayor Dale Massad to obstruct justice, was sentenced to two years of probation and community service.
Rowe, 65, also was ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Rowe pleaded guilty in December to two felony charges after a March 3 phone call with jailed former Port Richey mayor Dale Massad. Authorities say the two discussed ways to intimidate a police officer who was investigating Massad's case.
Massad, 69, is jailed on attempted murder charges after he was accused of firing shots at a Pasco County Sheriff’s SWAT team trying to serve a warrant at his home Feb. 21.
The raid was part of a state investigation into allegations that Massad, a former physician, was practicing medicine without a license.
Massad awaits trial on those charges. He previously was convicted by a jury for taking part in the intimidation scheme.