Troubled Divorcees Fight Over Dog, Deep Resentments

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A couple barely into their 30’s recently divorced on June 17, but they’re back in court, and it’s not over the kids. It’s over Penny, a Labrador/Beagle mix dog owned by the ex-husband, former Palm Harbor Primetyme Pizza businessman Tyler Joseph Corbett. But ex-wife Kristin Gail Farmer has the dog because her father recently died, which led her to ask Corbett for some time with Penny.  According to Pinellas County court records, Corbett temporarily gave her the dog to provide some comfort. 

But when Corbett wanted Penny back, Farmer refused.  Corbett shot back with a Replevin Complaint in the courts, demanding possession of Penny.  He also seeks damages due to “loss of use and beneficial enjoyment of the dog.” A court date for the hopeful return of Penny is October 27.

Corbett and Farmer were married for two short years. Mired in a tumultuous union, Corbett filed for divorce in March 2020, two months after he was charged with domestic battery against Farmer. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against him.

According to a Pinellas County Complaint-Arrest Affidavit, on January 14, 2020, Corbett allegedly struck Farmer in the thigh, shoved her up against a wall, then dragged her by the neck down their home’s hallway. The record indicates she was bruised. It also states that Corbett allegedly told her not to tell the police. Corbett was released the day after his arrest, wearing a GPS tracker with instructions to have no contact with Farmer. But 11 days later, Farmer was charged with a misdemeanor by giving false information of a crime to a Pinellas County sheriff, claiming Corbett had stolen her car from a neighborhood Walmart located at 3400 East Lake Road in Oldsmar. But the vehicle was found in the Walmart parking lot, its engine cold. The sheriff’s Complaint/Arrest Affidavit indicates Farmer was inconsistent in telling her story, and the officer believed Farmer was under the influence of alcohol. It also stated that Corbett’s GPS tracker showed he was never in the area.

Less than two weeks later, Farmer was charged again with a DUI with property damage and refusing to take a breathalyzer test. 

Pinellas County records indicate Farmer was considered “indigent,” which would help appoint her a public defender. She pleaded “no contest” to formal charges of “False Report to Law Enforcement Officer” and “Disorderly Intoxication, Endangered,” with regards to lying that her husband stole her car. Her court cases are still in process.

In a brief telephone interview, Corbett was asked if the domestic battery incident occurred. He said, “No it did not,” and “Life is good,” then hung up.

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