Sam Dreher: Dateline NBC–Obsessed Wife’s Lover, Michael Minor, Gunned Down Beloved Sarasota Fireman


Dateline NBC covers the Sam Dreher, Michael Minor Sarasota murder case tonight. Sam Dreher was a beloved fireman who was shot and killed by Michael Minor, his wife’s lover. The killing happened five years ago in the seaside Florida town. Investigators say Sam Dreher was murdered after he caught Michael Minor breaking into his vehicle. On Dateline NBC, Sarasota investigators and family members will describe the events that led up to his death.


Dateline NBC episode “Tangled Web”

As a Florida fireman tries to survive while on life support, investigators untangle a web of jealousy, obsession, and murder.



Sam Dreher Case File

Without his knowledge, Sam Dreher was caught up in a love triangle with Danielle Dreher, his estranged wife. The couple had gone through a nasty divorce, and Sam Dreher had moved on with his new girlfriend. What he didn’t know was someone was stewing in the background. That person was Danielle Dreher, and she was fuming mad about Sam Dreher’s new gal. They say Danielle became so obsessed with her ex that she watched his every move.


29-year-old Michael Minor was sentenced to 30 years in prison today for the shooting death of Charlotte County Fire Lt. Sam Dreher in August 2012. Read the rest of the story here:

Posted by Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office on Monday, November 3, 2014

Danielle Dreher had a lover, too. His name was Michael Minor, a 27-year old guy she met on a dating website for cheaters. The affair lasted for years. However, Danielle couldn’t move on. She even convinced Michael Minor to help her stalk Sam Dreher, court records show.


Michael Minor broke into Sam Dreher’s apartment and stole expensive items. Then, in 2012, Michael Minor broke into Sam Dreher’s car and shot him. The firefighter and paramedic died while on life support at a local hospital, Dateline will confirm.


It's been more than 2 weeks since she first arrived at the Women's Reception Center. Her custody status still shows…

Posted by Sam Presley Dreher Memorial Page on Thursday, October 22, 2015


After accepting a plea deal, Michael Minor was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Danielle Dreher was never charged in the killing. However, she did receive three years in prison for her connection to the theft, the Herald Tribune reported. This is what still angers Sam Dreher’s family. They think Danielle Dreher was involved and should be arrested and convicted of Sam’s death. However, without enough proof to establish involvement, there is no case against her.


Dateline NBC will fill in all the missing details of the case, and viewers should be prepared for many twists and turns. It airs tonight at 10/9 p.m. Central on NBC.


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[Main Image via Sam Presley Dreher Memorial Page/Facebook]

Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.