Former soldier accused in Brooksville couple’s death returned to US to face charges

Former soldier accused in Brooksville couple’s death returned to US to face charges

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A former soldier who is accused of being involved in a Brooksville couple’s death in 2018 was returned to the United States to face charges after leaving the country to fight in Ukraine, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Craig Lang, 34, of Surprise, Arizona, was charged with six federal offenses relating to the couple’s death after he and Alex Jared Zwiefelhofer allegedly killed them during an attempted gun sale in Estero, according to prosecutors.

The couple, Danny and Deanna Lorenzo, traveled to Estero to purchase guns that were listed on Armslist, according to the DOJ.

Lang and Zwiefelhofer met in Ukraine after traveling overseas to engage in fighting, officials said. They traveled to Kenya to fight in South Sudan but were arrested and deported back to the U.S.

In April 2018, the two met in Florida and planned to take a boat to Venezuela to fight the Venezuelan government, but it didn’t work out. They allegedly robbed $3,000 from the couple during the attempted gun sale in order to fund their travel, according to the DOJ.

Lang fought his extradition in the European Court of Human Rights, but that claim was rejected. He was escorted by the FBI back to the U.S.

Zwiefelhofer was found guilty in March and is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

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