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JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man guilty of selling cocaine near church

Jonathan Green willingly told law enforcement he sells cocaine. “I know why you are here,” Green said, when officers showed up at his home in December. “I don’t have a job, and I’m selling drugs because I don’t have much money. After about 30 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Green guilty Tuesday of possession […]

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man guilty of shooting into vehicle

When Mark Childs saw his ex in a vehicle with a childhood friend, he confronted his friend, punched him through the driver’s window, and fired a handgun into the vehicle. Jurors deliberated just under two hours Tuesday before finding Childs guilty as charged of burglary with assault or battery, criminal mischief, shooting into an occupied […]

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man convicted of home-invasion murder

Tyler Macklin was at home on the phone with his friend when two men broke into his house, robbed him, and shot him in the head. After five hours of deliberation Friday, jurors found Joseph Gomes-Brandon guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, burglary, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is facing life […]

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man convicted of lewd molestation

When Daryl Penney’s victim asked that he stop touching her sexually, he responded, “I will try not to anymore.” On a controlled phone call with law enforcement, the 15-year-old girl reminded Penney she said “no” and “stop” on multiple occasions. The girl asked him why he continued to touch her after she told him not […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Child rapist receives two life sentences

Matthew Baist stood motionless as Judge Abdoney handed down two consecutive life sentences Friday. Following a jury trial Aug. 2, Baist was found guilty of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and sexual battery by a person with familial or custodial authority. As a punishment for not finishing household chores, 33-year-old Baist raped […]

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man guilty of lewd molestation

Rolando Dejesus admitted to forcing a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on him. It took less than 30 minutes Tuesday for a jury to convict Dejesus, 42, of lewd molestation. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced on October 18. Assistant State Attorney Mattie Tondreault told jurors that Dejesus’ abuse started […]


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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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