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Cheyanne Jessie, left, with mitigation specialist/investigator Colleen Quinn

Cheyanne Jessie convicted of killing her father, daughter

  State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Cheyanne Jessie for the brutal killing of her daughter and father in 2015. A 12-member jury convicted Jessie, 29, of Lakeland, after less than four hours of deliberations. The jury, which also convicted Jessie of tampering with evidence, will now determine whether to recommend the death […]

Aladino-Ojeda

Davenport man convicted of sexual battery, impersonating an officer

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Erubiel Aladino-Ojeda, a 38-year-old Davenport man convicted on two counts of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and falsely impersonating an officer during a felony. A six-member jury convicted Aladino-Ojeda after two hours of deliberations. He faces a maximum of 50 years in prison. Circuit Judge Larry Helms […]

Bejar-Salamanca

Haines City man convicted of trafficking methamphetamine

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Pioquinto Bejar-Salamanca, a 59-year-old Haines City man for trafficking more than 200 grams of amphetamine (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a structure with intent to trafficking amphetamine. Bejar-Salamanca was convicted by a six-member jury, which deliberated for about two hours on Wednesday.  The more than 800 […]

State Attorney Haas speaks to Suncoast Crime Prevention Association

State Attorney Brian Haas addressed officers and deputies from the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association on Wednesday at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office operations center. The event, hosted by Sheriff Grady Judd, featured Mr. Haas discussing ways to prevent scams from occurring. “We have to do everything we can to warn people ahead of time,” Mr. […]

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Charges filed against Joseph and Courtney Irby

State Attorney Brian Haas discussed on Wednesday filing charges against both Joseph and Courtney Irby. Joseph Irby, 35, faces one felony charge of aggravated battery. Courtney Irby, 32, has been charged with misdemeanor trespassing. State Attorney Brian Haas Press Conference

Michael James Smith

JURY VERDICT: Michael James Smith convicted of lewd or lascivious battery

State Attorney Brian Haas announced the conviction of Michael James Smith of lewd or lascivious battery: engaging in sex act with a victim 12-16 years of age.  Smith was convicted by a Polk County Jury after deliberating for just under two hours. Smith who was twenty-five (25) years of age at the time of the […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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Cheyanne Jessie was found guilty today of two counts of first degree murder in the 2015 deaths of her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie. A jury took about fours hours to convict Jessie, 29. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.
Jurors will now determine if the Lakeland woman should receive the death penalty. Jessie’s daughter died of a gunshot to the head. She was also stabbed. Her father died of three gunshots to his head and multiple stab wounds to the chest. Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace and Assistant State Attorney Kristie Ducharme will continue prosecuting the case during the death penalty phase of the trial beginning today. Death sentences require a unanimous jury. In the picture below, Jessie can be seen on the left.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Haas addressed dozens of new police officers and deputies recently before the beginning of a new officer training course held at the courthouse. Mr. Haas spoke about the importance of officers and the State Attorney's Office working together to prosecute criminals. The officers learned about numerous issues, including search and seizures, report writing and evidence collection, and interviewing defendants and witnesses.
The State Attorney's Office welcomes all the new officers.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
A Davenport man faces up to 50 years in prison for impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting a woman he met at work.
A six-member jury convicted Erubiel Aladino-Ojeda of two counts of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, and falsely impersonating an officer during a felony. Circuit Judge Larry Helms will sentence Aladino-Ojeda in August.
Assistant State Attorney Ralph Guerra prosecuted the case for the State Attorney's Office.
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