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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 […]

Humberto Cueto

Lakeland man sentenced to 25 years for molesting girl

  A 31-year-old Lakeland man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday for molesting an 11-year-old girl. Humberto Cueto pled no contest to attempted sexual battery and lewd molestation. Circuit Judge Keith Spoto sentenced Cueto to 25 years in state prison as a minimum mandatory, meaning Cueto is not eligible for any type […]

Julio Aponte

Frostproof man who robbed clerk at knifepoint sentenced to life in prison

A 33-year-old Frostproof man who robbed a Lake Wales convenience store clerk at knifepoint has been sentenced to life in prison. Julio Aponte robbed the store on Oct. 30, 2018, only 15 days after he had escaped from a halfway house at the end of a five-year federal prison sentence for possession of heroin with […]

Ismael Bragin

Georgia man convicted of trafficking meth between Atlanta and Polk County

Ismael Bragin explained to jurors that he never thought about questioning why two random people outside of Atlanta offered him money to deliver a heavy orange Nike shoe box to Davenport. Through an interpreter, Bragin, 71, of Cartersville, Ga., said he thought that men had just given him important documents to deliver to Florida. Six […]

Ray Gravitt

Man, 19, convicted of beating his mother with a baseball bat

A 19-year-old Lakeland man was convicted Thursday of severely beating his mother with an aluminum baseball bat inside their home after she told him he could no longer speak with his girlfriend. Ray Gravitt, who was 16 when he struck Kelly Rayn, was convicted of attempted first degree murder. Gravitt is expected to be sentenced […]

Jose Vargas, right, with his lawyer, Kevin Cox.

Lakeland man guilty of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

It only took jurors 80 minutes to find a 39-year-old Lakeland man guilty on Thursday of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Jose Vargas is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18. He faces life in prison. Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden prosecuted the case. She told jurors that DNA evidence linked Vargas to the assault. […]

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Jose Vargas, 39, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery. Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden prosecuted the case.
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Members of the State Attorney’s Office participated on Saturday in the annual Walk Like Madd fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The State Attorney’s Office thanks the Central Florida chapter of MADD for their dedication to end drunk driving.
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