BROOKSVILLE - Two sheriff's detectives who avoided criminal charges from a May bar brawl have resigned.
Detectives Anthony Scarpati and Anthony Mazza were accused of battering Bryan Silverstone, of Spring Hill, outside of Jersey's Hometown Tavern in May. Details of a criminal investigation released in October showed the State Attorney's Office decided not to file charges against Scarpati and Mazza due to inconsistent testimony and evidence against the detectives, as well as Silverstone's apparent bias against the officers.
Hernando County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said on Monday both Scarpati and Mazza submitted their resignation letters on Friday.
Moloney said an internal investigation has been completed, but not finalized.
Scarpati has worked for the sheriff's office since 1990, and was making $58,491.68 a year. Mazza was hired in 2000, fired in 2001 for using excessive force, and re-instated in 2002. He was making $48,006.66 a year.