Chris was born in New York to Joseph & Marie Sprowls. Joseph, a former New York City Homicide Detective, and Marie, an office manager, decided to relocate the family to Tarpon Springs when Chris was just three-years-old and Chris has spent his entire life living in the Tampa Bay area.
As a high school senior, Chris was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer that often affects young people. While Chris underwent chemotherapy he used the experience to assist others stricken with various forms of cancer. He served as a coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and actively participated in events and programming to raise awareness for breast cancer. Currently Chris is a volunteer for the North Pinellas YMCA and serves on the the YMCA of the Suncoast Healthy Living Committee. He is also the Advocacy Chair for the 2014 Dunedin Relay for Life.
After winning his fight against cancer, Chris attended the University of South Florida in Tampa then continued on to Stetson University School of Law in the fall of 2006. During his tenure at Stetson Law, Chris was selected to be a member of the school’s elite Trial Team. He also landed a spot on Moot Court Board and was chosen as Stetson’s Future Leader of the Year in 2007. Chris won numerous accolades at Stetson for trial advocacy. Upon graduation, Chris received the school’s most prestigious honor, the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers.
Also during law school, Chris was elected to serve in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. There, he gained the support and confidence of his colleagues who elected him National Chairman of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association – the largest professional student organization in the world. In that role, Chris was the chief spokesman for the nearly 60,000 law student members of the ABA.
In addition to his duties in the House of Delegates, Chris focused his chairmanship on making a difference in the lives of our nation’s veterans. Under his leadership, the Law Student Division of the ABA created Duty Bound, a program which ultimately resulted in significantly increasing the number of law-school based pro-bono legal clinics serving veterans nationwide. Out of Chris’s tireless commitment to veterans, Stetson’s Veterans Law Clinic was born.
After graduating from law school, Chris became an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which serves Pasco and Pinellas counties. In his capacity as a prosecutor, Chris has tried dozens of jury trials, many involving serious felonies such as murder, kidnapping, and child molestation. Chris was the lead prosecutor in the trial of a woman who was convicted of killing a 5-year-old triplet girl and severely injuring two other children who had been playing in their front yard.
Chris now serves as a Special Prosecutor in the Gang Unit of the State Attorney’s Office. In that role Chris is charged with identifying and dismantling gangs and their membership in both Pinellas & Pasco County. He is also the Director of the new Veterans Treatment Court for the State Attorney’s Office.
As a prosecutor, Chris provides a voice for our community’s victims and works tirelessly to provide them the justice they deserve.