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FATHER-IN-LAW CHARGED AS AN ACCESSORY IN TAMARAC SHOOTING

BSO Case Number: TM11-12-0066
PIO Number: 11-12-12A
Date: Dec. 7, 2012
Time: 5:13 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 8603 N.W 57th Court, Tamarac
Jurisdiction: Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Salvatore Miglino, male, 39, 2/2/72, Boca Raton (INJURED)

Suspect(s):

  • Cheryl Hepner, female, 66, 2/16/45, 8603 N.W. 57th Court, Tamarac (IN CUSTODY)
  • Sheldon Hepner, male, 68, 7/20/43, 8603 N.W. 57th Court, Tamarac (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

The husband of the Tamarac grandmother who shot her son-in-law last week was charged Thursday with accessory after the fact for lying to detectives about how and when his wife obtained the handgun she used in the shooting.

Sheldon Hepner is in custody in a local hospital. His son-in-law, Salvatore Miglino, who is going through a contentious divorce and custody battle with the Hepners’ daughter, is recovering from two gunshot wounds. Just before the shooting, Miglino hit the record button on his iPhone. The video became chilling evidence of a violent, sudden attack that put him in the hospital and his 66-year-old mother-in-law behind bars on an attempted murder charge.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, Miglino pulled up to the house of his estranged parents-in-law to pick up his 3-year-old son, per a court order that authorizes him to take custody of the child every Wednesday night. Cheryl Hepner met him outside with the boy’s pillow and bag. Cheryl Hepner attempted to lure Miglino inside the house, but he refused to go in. When he asked for the pillow and bag, Cheryl Hepner pulled a handgun out from behind the pillow and fired three shots at her son-in-law. Hit twice in his ribcage and shoulder, Miglino landed on top of her in the front yard. Cheryl Hepner later lied to detectives and said Miglino pulled the gun on her. She was arrested the following day and charged with attempted first-degree murder.

According to a warrant for Sheldon Hepner’s arrest, he also lied, telling detectives he hasn’t had a gun in his house in years. However, detectives tracked the gun to Cheryl Hepner’s brother, Harvey Stein of Lake Worth, who after initially lying to detectives, tearfully admitted that he gave the gun to the Hepners a few weeks before the shooting so they could defend themselves against Miglino. He loaded the gun, told them how to operate it and told them that all they had to do was pull the trigger.

Media note: The video and 911 calls are available at www.sheriff.org. The mug shots for Sheldon and Cheryl Hepner are attached to the bottom of this report. .

INVESTIGATORS: VCU Det. D. Williams. Sgts. Bukata, Rubin Tamarac
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 12/16/11 1155

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