5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, August 23

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, August 23.

(1) Branden Cass sentencing

Branden Cass will learn how long he will spend in state prison on Friday.

Last month a Pasco County jury convicted the 27-year-old Cass of Lewd and Lascivious Battery and Molestation for molesting a 13-year-old girl five times in 2007 and 2008.

During the trial prosecutors presented a taped confession from Cass where he admitted to molesting the teen.

Cass could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.

In the taped confession Cass says one of the reasons he committed the molestation was because he was molested as a child. His attorney may try to use that as a mitigating factor to try and convince the judge to reduce the amount of time he will have to spend behind bars.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Pasco County Courthouse in New Port Richey.

(2) Fix Your Computer For Free Day

Does your personal computer need some repairs? The Computer Mentors Group is offering to fix your computer for free on Friday.

The Computer Mentors Group's Civic Justice Corps (CJC) program will take care of easy repairs at the organization's offices at 5201 North Nebraska Avenue. More time consuming repairs will be completed over the next week.

The event will help the young adults in the CJC program to gain experience as computer technicians. The primary focus of the CJC is to provide skills training for former juvenile offenders to find skills so they can be productive members of society.

You can drop off computers at the Computer Mentors Group offices from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call (813) 241-4200 or visit computermentors.org .

(3) New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays look to end the New York Yankees five-game winning streak Friday night at Tropicana Field.

In the 17 games since Alex Rodriguez made his 2013 debut, the Yankees are averaging a robust 5.4 runs per game. New York is just 3 1/2 games out of a wildcard spot after winning for the 11th time in their past 14 games on Thursday.

The Rays hope to continue their hot streak at home which has seen them win 18 of their past 23 games at Tropicana Field.

Chris Archer will start tonight for the Rays. He has given up just one run in 15 innings against the Yankees this year.

New York will counter will Hiroki Kuroda who has the lowest ERA in the American League.

First pitch for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit raysbaseball.com .

(4) Backstreet Boys in concert

The Backstreet Boys will perform in concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday night.

The band formed 20 years ago in Orlando and are touring in support of their new studio album, In a World Like This.

The group's youngest member, 33-year-old Nick Carter, grew up in Ruskin with his younger brother Aaron.

Opening for the Backstreet Boys will be Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $45.50. For more information, call (813) 740-2446.

Following the show, Aaron Carter will perform across Interstate 4 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Carter will sing and DJ until 3 a.m.

Admission to the Hard Rock Cafe will be $5 for women and $15 for men. His After Party Tour concert is for ages 21 and older.

(5) Tampa Bay Comic Con opens

Thousands of comic book fans are expected to gather in downtown Tampa beginning on Friday for the first day of the Tampa Bay Comic Con. This is the first time the convention will be held at the Tampa Convention Center.

The three-day convention will feature Cosplay events, actor appearances, artist signings, contests and various panels.

Among the stars appearing during the Comic Con will be actors from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games.

Chad Coleman ("Tyreese") from The Walking Dead will be at the convention all weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to meet Maisie Williams ("Arya Stark"), Jason Momoa ("Khal Drogo") and Rory McCann ("The Hound") from Game of Thrones; Lauren Cohan ("Maggie Greene") from The Walking Dead and Willow Sheilds "Primrose Everdeen" from The Hunger Games.

Over a dozen comic book professionals will also be appearing at the con including George Perez, Bo Hampton, Geof Isherwood, Mike McKone, Mike Perkins and Tim Vigil.

Single-day admission is $20 for adults. A 3-day pass will cost you $45. Admission is free for children 12 and under.

The convention hours are 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.tampabaycomiccon.com .

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