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Hotel Gun Suspect Pleas Innocent

January 19, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A hotel worker accused of gunning down four co-workers, then fatally shooting a fifth person while trying to escape, pleaded innocent Tuesday.

Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, 36, pleaded innocent to five counts of first-degree murder and to seven counts of attempted first-degree murder during his arraignment hearing in Hillsborough County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

Izquierdo-Leyva allegedly opened fire inside the Radisson Bay Harbor Inn Dec. 30, when the hotel was crowded with football fans in town for the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl between Purdue and Georgia.

Izquierdo-Leyva remained in custody without bail.

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