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Serving life for murder, Tampa man continues legal crusade to get car back

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Car lover Michael Glenn

A Hillsborough County man serving a life sentence for murder is continuing his 14-year battle with the Tampa police over the seizure of the car — 10 years old at the time — that he used in the crime.

In 2003, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Michael Gerard “Mickey” Glenn Jr. with first-degree premeditated murder. Glenn was accused of killing 25-year-old Antonio Powell in a drug-related shooting.

Three years later, Glenn made a minor uproar in local media by announcing he would act as his own attorney, becoming the second known person in 30 years to defend himself in a Hillsborough County murder trial.

“Glenn fired a string of lawyers to represent himself and took the stand to tell his story to the jury,” wrote the Tampa Bay Times in 2013. “News reports described him during the trial as plodding, stammering and — often — objecting unsuccessfully. But he scored some points on cross-examinations.”

Nevertheless, in 2006, Glenn was found guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm; he was sentenced to life. Glenn is now at the Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown.

Glenn first filed suit against the Tampa Police Department in 2004, while in Hillsborough County jail awaiting trial. He alleged that upon his arrest Sept. 17, 2003, the TPD gang unit illegally searched, seized and impounded his 1993 Nissan Altima, which he used to go to the crime scene.

Four years into his life sentence, a judge dismissed Glenn’s lawsuit May 19, 2010.

Glenn was undaunted, even though he will most likely never drive again.

He filed an amended complaint in 2012, against then-Tampa Police Jane Castor, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the TPD detectives and sergeant involved in the case. The complaint — which sought unspecified “damages” — appeared to indicate the vehicle may have been auctioned.

On April 10, 2017, however, Glenn filed a notification with the court that he is appealing the 2010 judgment, adding now-TPD chief Eric Ward as a co-defendant.

Although Glenn will spend the rest of his life in jail, he could benefit financially from his lawsuit, if successful.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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