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Chris Nelson to become new SAO Executive Director

State Attorney Brian Haas announced that Auburndale Police Chief Chris Nelson will join the State Attorney’s Office as its Executive Director. When Nelson assumes the role on August 27, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. He will also oversee the budget, human resources, IT, facilities, investigations, records retention, and Child […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man receives consecutive life sentences for sexually battering, filming a child

Judge Carpanini handed down two consecutive life sentences and an additional 160 years to Jason Bracero-Reyes Friday afternoon. Following a jury trial, Bracero-Reyes was convicted June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority, eight counts of promoting sexual performance of a child, and eight counts of possession of child pornography. […]

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man to receive life after being convicted for rape of 11-year-old

As a punishment for not finishing household chores, Matthew Baist raped his victim and beat her into submission when she tried to fight back. After less than 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Baist guilty Thursday of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and sexual battery by a person with familial or […]

Polk prosecutor recognized at 2018 MADD Law Enforcement Awards

FORT LAUDERDALE – Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Weil was recognized Friday at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2018 Statewide Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale. Weil was one of 17 prosecutors nominated from across the state for their exemplary job handling DUI cases. Lakeland Police Officer Cory Suttle nominated Weil for the “Outstanding […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Teen who beat, battered, burned man sentenced to 75 years in prison

Nathan Johnson sat motionless as a 75-year sentence was handed down to him. On Friday afternoon, Judge Harb sentenced Johnson to 75 years for first-degree murder, 40 years for sexual battery, 15 years for abuse of a dead human body, and five years for tampering with physical evidence, all to run concurrent with each other. […]

JURY VERDICT: Polk City man found guilty for the murder of his wife

After getting into an argument with his wife, Loren Zuraff shot her three times in the back. After two hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Zuraff Friday of first-degree murder with a firearm. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison by Judge Harb. Assistant State Attorney Kristie Ducharme walked jurors through the events leading […]

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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

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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.

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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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