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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, […]

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted murder, facing mandatory life

Derek Maude glanced over his shoulder and looked his shooter in the eyes. “I saw his eyes lined up with the gun sight,” Maude said as he testified from his wheelchair. “I was sure a shot was coming soon … Next thing I know, my head is ringing. I looked down and told myself to […]

PLEA AGREEMENT: Mulberry man sentenced to 18 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Calvin Barnes pled guilty to 50 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography Tuesday and was sentenced to 18 years in prison, followed by 15 years of sex offender probation. Barnes, 46, was viewing, downloading, and distributing explicit photos and videos on Twitter. His activity was flagged by Twitter, and the company sent a cyber […]


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The Boys and Girls Club recently visited the courthouse! 🏛

State Attorney Brian Haas spoke to the students and discussed the importance of staying on the right track. He also gave them ideas for ... See more

2 weeks ago

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JURY VERDICT: Poinciana man convicted of sexual battery, possession of child porn

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her.

After 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Bracero-Reyes June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with ... See more

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced August 3.

3 weeks ago
Man gets life sentence for brutal 2017 murder

We are grateful for the hard work of Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin in securing Richard Strickland’s conviction and sentence.

Judge Peter Estrada addressed Strickland at Wednesday’s ... See more

AVON PARK -- Judge Peter Estrada on Wednesday, June 27, sentenced 51-year-old Richard Conway Strickland III to spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of his roommate last year in ... See more


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