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Deandre Coffer

Winter Haven man convicted of strangling, beating girlfriend

A Winter Haven man was convicted today of strangling and beating his former girlfriend in 2018 in their home after he became angry with her while she read to his 3-year-old son. Jurors deliberated for three hours before returning with a first-degree murder conviction. Circuit Judge Dennis Maloney sentenced DeAndre Coffer, 23, to life in […]

Cristhian Villanueva-Rosado

Jurors deliberate 15 minutes to find man guilty of sending lewd photo to teen

An Orlando man was sentenced to five years in prison after jurors found him guilty Tuesday of sending a lewd picture to a 14-year-old Winter Haven girl in 2015. Cristhian Villanueva-Rosado, 31, was immediately detained after a jury of six deliberated for about 15 minutes before finding him guilty. During the trial Assistant State Attorney […]

Joshua Imhoff

Lakeland man who fired at deputies convicted of 7 counts of attempted first degree murder

  A Lakeland man who fired gunshots at seven Polk County Sheriff’s deputies after a dangerous high-speed chase in North Lakeland in 2018 was convicted Thursday of attempting to kill the deputies. Joshua Imhoff, 34, was convicted on seven counts of attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated stalking, and fleeing to […]

Michael Celello

Man guilty of fatally shooting roommate, dumping his body in Everglades

  A Sebring man was found guilty earlier this month of shooting and killing his roommate in 2016 then stealing his Lexus with the man’s body in the trunk. Michael Celello was convicted of second degree murder with a firearm, grand theft and tampering with evidence. Celello, 59, faces life in prison. Celello dumped the […]

Ezekial Ortiz

Winter Haven man, 65, sentenced to 15 years for lewd battery on a teen girl

  A 65-year-old Winter Haven man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Ezekial Ortiz was convicted as charged by a jury in September of lewd battery, transforming material harmful to minors, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery sentenced Ortiz to […]

Jose Vargas

Lakeland man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

A 39-year-old Lakeland man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in 2016 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Before the sentence, Jose Vargas, standing in an orange jumpsuit, and his lawyer, asked Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery for leniency. Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden countered that Florida statute required a sentence of life. Roddenbery […]


State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
DeAndre Coffer killed his girlfriend after he became angry with her while she read to his 3-year-old son. “He strangled her unconscious then continued to beat her,” Assistant State Attorney Bonde Johnson said. “This was a forceful strangulation that lasted two to three minutes.”
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
During the trial Assistant State Attorney Monica Smith explained to jurors how Villanueva-Rosado texted and sent lewd pictures of himself to a teenager’s cell phone. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney listened to Villanueva-Rosado, then sentenced him to five years in prison, the maximum allowed by law, as requested by the State Attorney’s Office.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
The State Attorney’s Office recently held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the courthouse.
We are thankful for the hundreds of valued SAO employees who work in the 10th Judicial Circuit.
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