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Gail Nichols

Lakeland vet sentenced to jail for cruelty to her horses

A longtime Lakeland veterinarian convicted earlier this year of animal cruelty for mistreating her horses was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this week and can no longer treat animals. Circuit Court Judge Wayne Durden also sentenced Gail Nichols to 10 years of probation for four animal cruelty convictions, which centered around a lack […]

Dustin Halstead

Judge orders Lakeland man to begin serving sentence following appeals court decision

  A 26-year-old Lakeland man convicted of killing a construction worker in a hit-and-run crash on South Florida Avenue was sent to prison Tuesday days after an appeals court ruled against him. Dustin Halstead was found guilty of vehicular homicide in 2018, but Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney, spurred by the 2nd District Court of Appeals, […]

Assistant State Attorney Monica Smith

Superhero-loving prosecutor fights for justice

  Monica Smith was 16 credit hours short of receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology when she dropped out, took the LSAT and enrolled in Florida Coastal School of Law. Smith had learned much during training for family custody disputes and ways to evaluate sex offenders, but she faced tedious therapy classes to earn a […]

Christopher Ray Queen

Sebring man convicted of possessing hundreds of child pornographic images

  State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of a Sebring man for hundreds of counts of possession of child pornography. The case began in 2017, when an online company sent a tip to the FBI about a user visiting child pornography sites and downloading child pornography.  The FBI tracked the IP address to Christopher […]

State Attorney Brian Haas honors Polk Sheriff's Detective Ronald Brackley.

Polk Sheriff’s detective honored for work in hit-and-run crash

  Polk County Sheriff’s Detective Ronald Brackley was recently honored by State Attorney Brian Haas for his work investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a driver and seriously injured a fellow deputy. The crash led to the conviction of Charles Lewis, who left a Halloween party after a night of drinking alcohol. That night, Sheriff’s […]

Gary Lee Baker Jr.

Lakeland man convicted of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl

    State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of a 49-year-old Lakeland man for sexually assaulting a child. Gary Lee Baker Jr. faces life in prison after he was convicted on charges of lewd molestation on a child under 12-years-old and sexual battery on a child under 12-years-old. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney is expected […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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Gail Nichols, a Lakeland veterinarian, can no longer care for animals after a circuit court judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail and 10 years probation for mistreating her horses.
State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Jessica Fisher for her work on the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
National Night Out 2019
Lakeland, Florida
State Attorney Brian Haas recently joined Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia during National Night Out, an annual event that promotes unity between police and neighborhoods.
Mr. Haas and Chief Garcia talked with people at several stops, including Foxwood Village in North Lakeland, a Lakeland Flying Tigers game, and at Sandpiper in North Lakeland. The State Attorney’s Office appreciated the opportunity to team with the Lakeland Police Department to discuss crime preventative tips to residents.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Dustin Halstead began serving an 11-year sentence earlier this week. Halstead, 26, was found guilty in 2018 of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash in the 2014 death of Shelby Kenneth Shull.
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