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JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man who shot at helicopter, stole three vehicles to receive life

Wesley Grace led law enforcement on a three-day manhunt from Lake Wales to Haines City before he was finally apprehended. Grace fired five rounds at a Sheriff’s Office helicopter, stole three vehicles, assaulted three people, burglarized a home, and led law enforcement on a high speed chase, racking up more than 10 charges. After a […]

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of attempted lewd battery, transmitting harmful material to a minor

When Eric Norris found an ad on Craigslist about a sexual encounter with a minor, he promptly replied: “I am interested.” For three days, Norris had non-stop graphic discussions about what he would do to the 12-year-old girl. He also sent explicit photos of himself. On May 19, 2017, Norris drove from Jacksonville to a […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Bennett sentenced to life after being convicted of attempted murder

When Derek Maude got into the car with Kaheem Bennett, he had no way of knowing he would be robbed, kidnapped, and paralyzed from a gunshot wound that severed his spinal cord. On Jan. 25, 2015, Bennett and two others violently beat Maude before unlocking the doors of the car they had him trapped in. […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Haines City man sentenced to 25 years for execution-style robbery

Nicolas Vasquez held a gun to the back of Joshua Dibling’s head, threatening to kill him if he did not hand over money. Vasquez was convicted by a jury Oct. 25, 2017, of three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary while armed with assault or battery. He was sentenced […]

JURY VERDICT: Man convicted of DUI manslaughter, faces 30 years

James Marcelin had been partying all day when he made the decision to drive three of his friends to Haines City. While traveling at least 20 MPH over the speed limit, Marcelin veered off the roadway and crashed head-on into a tree. The collision killed 19-year-old Andrew Valdez and critically injured Jose Almanzar and James […]

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man found guilty in fatal hit-and-run, faces 60 years in prison

Paul Marx consumed numerous alcoholic drinks and drifted off the roadway while driving home, striking and instantly killing a pedestrian. After three hours of deliberation, Marx, 45, was convicted Friday of vehicular homicide with failure to render aid and leaving the scene of a crash involving death. He is facing up to 60 years in […]

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Fifth graders at Bartow Elementary Academy gathered in the auditorium Wednesday morning to celebrate their graduation, and State Attorney Brian Haas had the honor of delivering the graduation ... See more

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Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce

State Attorney Brian Haas recently spoke at the Greater Haines City Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - We had another great and informative luncheon that would not have been possible without the following companies and individuals.

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JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man who shot at helicopter, stole three vehicles to receive life

Wesley Grace led law enforcement on a three-day manhunt from Lake Wales to Haines City before he was finally apprehended.

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Wesley Grace led law enforcement on a three-day manhunt from Lake Wales to Haines City before he was finally apprehended.

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