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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 […]

SAO SPOTLIGHT: Henry’s life goal leads to law career

One of Aaron Henry’s life goals is to help others. And he felt the way he could help people best was by becoming a lawyer. “I always knew that was what I wanted to do,” Henry said, adding that he took a longer route by going in to the Air Force after High School. Henry, […]

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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.”

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When Eric Norris found an ad on Craigslist about a sexual encounter with a minor, he promptly replied: “I am interested.”

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State Attorney Brian Haas recently had the opportunity to judge a speech contest for students from across Polk County. Students' original speeches were centered on a specific topic, "Watersheds: Our ... See more

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Lakeland man convicted in brutal beating, burning death

In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant State Attorney Mark Levine told jurors four assailants, including Brian Johnson Jr., had one plan in mind when they summoned Robert Banks to their house. ... See more

BARTOW — Brian Johnson Jr., the third defendant to stand trial for the January 2016 beating death of a Lakeland man, was found guilty Thursday of

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This morning, our prosecutors and investigators participated in the Polk County Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Sporting Clays event. Over 150 shooters attended the fundraiser, raising nearly ... See more

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