Okeechobee man arrested for stalking Chris Sprowls’ wife
House Speaker Chris Sprowls takes questions from the press during the Florida Legislature's Organization Session at the Florida Capitol Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

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The man made lewd comments and threats in an email about Shannon Sprowls.

A man who sent vulgar emails threatening Shannon Sprowls, House Speaker Chris Sprowls’ wife, was arrested on cyberstalking charges in late January, according to court records.

Stephen Lynch Murray of Okeechobee was arrested Jan. 25 in his hometown after he previously sent an email to State Attorney for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Phil Archer with a photo of Shannon Sprowls with former President Donald Trump.

“Hey Phil, look at the attached photo,” Murray reportedly wrote. “Is pimping legal in Florida? Because I’m going to make the b*tch in the attached photo my whore.”

The email was sent Jan. 6, the same day an angry mob of Trump supporters sieged the U.S. Capitol in an insurrection at the center of Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate. It’s not clear whether Murray’s email was related to that event.

Concerns escalated on Jan. 24, the day before Murray was arrested, when a Ford F-150 belonging to Murray crossed the Skyway Bridge into Pinellas County. Judge Phillip Federico issued a bench warrant for Murray that day. , concerned Murray would act on his threats to the Speaker’s wife.

Murray was charged with cyberstalking. He has since obtained an attorney and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The warrant for his arrest was issued in Pinellas County and carried out in Okeechobee County. Murray was released on bond the next day, Jan. 26.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office obtained permission to perform a forensic analysis of Murray’s cell phone, which was found in his truck. According to the criminal complaint, Murray’s email address is associated with a website, Cops2prison.com, which contains posts about the police, criminal justice system and other institutions.

The Sprowls live in Clearwater with their two young sons.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.


2 comments

  • Curious Voter

    February 14, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    I could not find this website copstoprison.com. Do you have any of the incendiary rhetoric? Is it BLM type stuff?

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  • Careful Reader

    February 15, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Um, that isn’t a criminal complaint. It’s an affidavit for getting a warrant. It doesn’t say ANYTHING about whether this is somehow related to the Capitol riots, so when you say it isn’t “clear” you just made that up. Also I can’t find any criminal charges on line even though you say they started searching weeks ago. Can you please write about something more interesting? Or at least something you understand? Sheesh.

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