Judge drops charges against 1 suspect in shark dragging case

The charges against one of the three men in connection to the viral shark dragging incident from July 2017 have been dropped.

RECOMMENDED:

A Hillsborough County judge dropped two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty (Third-degree felony) against Spencer Heintz Tuesday morning.

According to the judge, the state dropped the charges because no evidence showed that Heintz, 23, broke the law and because he agreed to testify as a witness.

Heintz, 21-year-old Michael Wenzel and 28-year-old Robert Lee Benac were all charged after a four-month-long investigation into the graphic video of a shark being dragged behind a boat.

 

 

 

At this time, it is unknown if the charges against Wenzel and Benac will also be dropped.

  • Michael Wenzel
    • Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
    • One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).
  • Robert Lee Benac 
    • Two felony counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Third-degree felony).
    • One misdemeanor count of Illegal Method of Take – Shark (Second-degree misdemeanor).
Print this article Back to Top