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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 […]

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 […]


State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Michael Celello was convicted of second degree murder, grand theft, and tampering with evidence. Celello, 59, faces life in prison. Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin prosecuted the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Members of the Leadership Lakeland class visited the Polk County courthouse Thursday to learn more about the justice system and the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and law enforcement. State Attorney Brian Haas answered questions from the class during a discussion after their tour of the courthouse. Mr. Haas appreciates the opportunity to speak with members of Leadership Lakeland!
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Ezekial Ortiz was arrested by Winter Haven Police Department in 2016. Assistant State Attorney Randal Daugustinis prosecuted the case.
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