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Brandon Women Who Gave Keys to Intoxicated Friend Before Fatal Crash Convicted of Manslaughter/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
On November 24, 2021, Michelle English visited multiple bars in Lakeland with her friend Lucretia Bruno, who was heavily drinking. Bruno left the bar and drove to a WAWA convenience store. After showing signs of impairment, the store clerk was given her keys by another customer who had observed Bruno with obvious signs of impairment. […]
Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden Secures Life in Prison for Armed Burglar/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
On October 21st, 2021, Marcus Mitchell forced his way in the home of the victim. Once inside Mitchell pistol whipped the victim with a gun and threatened to kill her. The victim was transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries. When law enforcement contacted Mitchell, he gave them a false name and pushed […]
Drunk Driver Convicted and Sentenced to 30 Years Prison for DUI Manslaughter/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
On February 22, 2020, Charles Polen and the victim got into a verbal argument at “The Coop” located in Babson Park. The victim left the establishment and proceeded to walk on the side of the road. When the defendant finished his beer, he got into his vehicle and ran over the victim causing blunt force […]
Open Enrollment for Annual SAO Youth Mock Trial/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
The State Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for their Annual Youth Mock Trial. The four-day program will take place July 10th through July 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow. This program gives students going in to the 11th and 12th grade an opportunity to work with prosecutors from […]
Man Convicted and Sentenced to 25 Years Florida State Prison/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
Corey Smith didn’t take kindly to a group of friends who asked him to leave their backyard get together. Several witnesses and the victim were hanging out together when Smith, who lived directly behind one of the witnesses, walked over while heavily intoxicated. When Smith continued to use vulgar language and began breaking glass, he […]
Sebring Dunkin Donuts Manager Convicted of Sexual Activity with a Minor/in SAO10 Blog /by Jamie Owens
Bruce Torres, 42, wasted no time demanding nude photographs and sexual favors from the victim. Torres, the manager at Dunkin Donuts in Sebring, interviewed and hired the young (16 yoa) victim, taking advantage of her age and first job. After just a few weeks of employment, the victim reported the incidents to an adult and […]