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SENTENCING UPDATE: Habitual offender sentenced

Reginald Leon Streeter was sentenced to life in prison Monday. Streeter, 21, of Lake Wales, was convicted by a jury in August of burglary of a dwelling with an assault while armed, attempted robbery with a firearm, resisting officers without violence while wearing a mask, giving false info to law enforcement and possession of cannabis […]

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of aggravated assault with semi-truck

Timothy Baroody admitted he was in a bad mood and was tired of cars passing his semi in a no passing zone. The victims attempted to pass the semi a few times on Nov. 20, 2014, and Baroody blocked them with his vehicle before forcing theirs off the roadway. The victim gained control and entered […]

JURY VERDICT: Kissimmee man found guilty of attempted manslaughter

Willie Charles Jones, 19, of Kissimmee, was convicted of attempted manslaughter by act and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Jones was convicted Sept. 29 for an incident that occurred in July 2015 where he got angry at a driver, followed him home and fired two shots at him. In her closing statement, Assistant State […]

JURY VERDICT: Man convicted of murder for second time

Jurors found 24-year-old Benjamin Smiley guilty Thursday of killing a Lakeland man, making it the second time he’s been convicted of murder in less than a year. After deliberating for about six hours, the jury found Smiley guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, tampering with evidence, aggravated assault and burglary of a dwelling. […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Carroll sentenced to 20 years

Gary Carroll was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for striking and killing a bicyclist and leaving the scene. Carroll, 48, of Lakeland, struck and killed the 32-year-old victim, left the scene of the crash and removed the physical evidence from his vehicle. He was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 22 and […]

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of hiring hitman to kill his wife

Vincent Madhavath intended to kill his wife the night of Sept. 17, 2014. Madhavath, 45, of Winter Haven, hired a hitman – who was an undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent – and planned to have him enter their home after midnight for a staged armed robbery where his wife would be shot in […]

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JURY VERDICT: Mulberry man convicted of sexual battery, faces life in prison - State Attorney Office 10th Judicial Circuit

Johnathan Sharon forced his victim to perform sexual acts on him for 9 years, punching and choking her until she cooperated.

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Johnathan Sharon forced his victim to perform sexual acts on him for 9 years. A jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before finding Sharon, 24, guilty of sexual battery on a victim under ... See more

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Winter Haven man gets 10 years for 2003 rape

"The 2003 rape case that led to Berouty’s arrest had been delayed for years after the rape kit in the case had gone untested. When DNA testing was done two years ago, it linked Berouty, 47, of ... See more

The 2003 rape case that led to Stephen Berouty’s arrest had been delayed for years after the rape kit in the case had gone untested. When DNA

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State Attorney honors PCSO Detective Tonya Wright - State Attorney Office 10th Judicial Circuit

As this week comes to a close, we'd like to highlight our last officer.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Detective Tonya Wright was honored for her work on the Lenard Masten case. At gunpoint, Masten ... See more

In keeping with the tradition set by State Attorney Brian Haas last year, three law enforcement officers were honored at our annual awards ceremony. These exceptional officers were recognized because ... See more

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