Funk Pleads Guilty, Receives Life Sentence for Murdering Tampa Adjuster

March 24, 2005

Jason M. Funk, the 27-year-old murderer of Tampa, Fla. insurance adjuster Katrina Anne Froeschle, pleaded guilty in a Hillsborough County courtroom.

Funk avoided a possible death sentence and pleaded guilty to murder and several other crimes. A judge sentenced him to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Froeschle was found Nov. 12 after she went to Funk’s home and was later found dead. Funk, the home’s tenant, was initially arrested in connection with marijuana found growing at the home and was in jail when the new charges were filed.

Froeschle, 25, was sent to the home on the Hillsborough River to inspect it for Farm Bureau Insurance after the owner reported storm damage to the roof. She contacted her company by cell phone as she headed to the house. The next day, her family reported her missing when they were unable to reach her.

Froeschle’s body was found in the river behind the house. An autopsy showed she had suffered blunt force trauma to her upper body. Police arrested Funk on drug charges the next day, one day after his birthday, after officers said they found 19 marijuana plants growing in the house. Funk was also charged with armed robbery and burglary of a car.

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