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SENTENCING UPDATE: Teen sentenced to 15 years after high-speed chase led to girl’s death

Bobby McNeal fled from law enforcement in a stolen vehicle before he crashed it into a tree, killing his 15-year-old passenger. McNeal pled guilty in November of fleeing to elude causing death, grand theft of a motor vehicle, burglary of a conveyance, and driving while license suspended or revoked. Without a plea agreement in place, […]

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man guilty of attempted second-degree murder, armed trespass

When Markus Locke confronted his victim about stolen motorcycle parts and received an answer he didn’t like, he shot him twice. After two hours of deliberation, a jury convicted 26-year-old Locke Jan. 10 of attempted second-degree murder and armed trespass. He is facing between 25 years to life in prison and will be sentenced March […]

JURY VERDICT: Eagle Lake man guilty of DUI with serious bodily injury

Jaron Skipper was high on methamphetamine when he slammed into the back of a city bus, critically injuring his two children who were improperly seat belted. A jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Skipper guilty Saturday of two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, two counts of neglect of a child, […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Haines City man who impregnated girl sentenced to life

Delwyn Manuel will spend the rest of his life in prison after battering a young girl and getting her pregnant. After only 45 minutes of deliberation on Nov. 1, Manuel, 53, was found guilty of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority. He was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. He forced himself on […]

JURY VERDICT: Winter Garden man who traveled to Polk guilty of attempted lewd battery

When Jeffrey Binder made plans to drive to Polk County and be intimate with a 14-year-old girl, he had no idea the “girl” was an undercover detective. The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Binder, 28, of Winter Haven,  guilty Nov. 29 of attempted lewd battery on a child, traveling to meet a […]

JURY VERDICT: Haines City man sexually battered girl, got her pregnant

DNA testing revealed there was a 99.99 percent chance Delwyn Manuel was the father of his victim’s unborn child. The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes, convicting 53-year-old Manuel on Nov. 1 of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced Dec. 15. Assistant State Attorney […]

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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 ... See more

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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