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Robert Bryant Jr.

Jury deliberates 20 minutes before convicting man of sexual battery

  A jury took 20 minutes Wednesday to convict a 39-year-old Lakeland man of raping a 20-year-old woman at a Lakeland home in 2016.   Robert Ray Bryant Jr., now 42, faces up to 30 years in prison following the conviction of sexual battery on a physically helpless person. Circuit Judge Michael McDaniel is scheduled […]

Thomas Johnson

Bartow teen receives life sentence for raping toddler

A circuit judge sentenced a 19-year-old Bartow man to life in prison Friday for raping a 2-year-old girl in 2018. Thomas Johnson, who was 17 when he assaulted the girl, showed little emotion throughout the two-day sentencing hearing. In 2019, he pleaded no contest to sexual battery on child under 18 and tampering with physical […]

William Gilbert

Haines City man found guilty of shooting man in the stomach

  A jury found a 55-year-old Haines City man guilty Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder for shooting a man in the stomach in 2019. William Gilbert will be sentenced by Judge Keith Spoto on April 3 for shooting the 51 year-old victim, who had been sitting outside with friends in Haines City. Gilbert suspected he […]

Jessie Thomas

Lakleand man sentenced to 25 years for sexually assaulting girl

A Lakeland man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in 2018 was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday. Jessie Thomas, 29, was also designated as a sexual predator. Assistant State Attorney Randall Daugustinis prosecuted the case. The sexual assault occurred in July 2018. Thomas was confronted about molesting the child during a recorded […]

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Enrollment Opens for Second Annual SAO Citizens Academy

  The State Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for the second annual Citizens Academy. The eight-week program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday starting March 12 in the Bartow courthouse. The Academy gives residents in the 10th Circuit an opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice system. Citizens will hear […]

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