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Bryan James Riley

Man Indicted by Grand Jury for Four Counts of First-Degree Murder

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the indictment of Bryan James Riley by the Polk County Grand Jury on twenty-two charges, including four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated child abuse, two counts of burglary, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law […]

SOUELS-BEVERLY

Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Trafficking in Heroin

A Lake Alfred man was convicted by a Polk County Jury of three counts of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic heroin and several other drug-related charges. The street value of the heroin involved in this case exceeded tens of thousands of dollars. The defendant, Beverly Souels, worked with another man to traffic heroin throughout […]

Russell Lewis Botts

JURY VERDICT: Russell Lewis Botts Guilty of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

Polk County jury trials resumed this week after being paused for several weeks due to COVID.  In a trial on Wednesday, jurors convicted Russell Lewis Botts of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. In November of 2019, Botts and an accomplice tried to rob a man who was walking home from work near Griffin […]

James Pennington

Jury Verdict: Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

  In the first COVID-19-Era First Degree Murder Trial, jurors convicted James “Jimbo” Pennington for the murder of Devyn Martin in Indian Lake Estates in 2017. During the 6 day trial, jurors heard testimony from Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies and other witnesses to the crime.  Assistant State Attorney Jaenea Gorman presented evidence to the jurors […]

Edward Stevenson

Child suffered years of sexual abuse, Winter Haven man sentenced to life in prison

  State Attorney Brian Haas’ Office prosecuted Edward Stevenson for sexually abusing a young girl. Stevenson was convicted at a jury trial of four counts of sexual battery on a child. He was arrested in 2017 after Winter Haven Police investigated the abuse allegations.  They also conducted a controlled phone call with the defendant and […]

Alan Stroh

Winter Haven man sentenced to 7 years for trafficking methamphetamine

A Winter Haven man was sentenced to seven years in prison in October for trafficking more than $2,000 in methamphetamine. Alan Stroh, 56, was found guilty Oct. 14 after six jurors deliberated for about two hours. Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen sentenced Stroh following the conviction. Assistant State Attorney Michael Nutter prosecuted the case. Nutter told […]

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