Entries by john chambliss

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 […]

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. […]

Sebring man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting girl

A Sebring man convicted in May of sexually assaulting a girl has been sentenced to life in prison. Jose Angel Sanchez, 53, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of sexual battery after jurors deliberated for about an hour. County Court Judge Anthony Ritenour recently sentenced Sanchez to two separate life sentences for […]

Former bus attendant convicted of abusing special needs child

A former bus attendant for the Polk County School District was convicted Thursday of abusing a special needs student by pulling her hair, hitting her on the head and sitting on her. Brenda Nelson is expected to be sentenced Nov. 1 by Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen  for the child abuse conviction. Jurors deliberated for about […]