Entries by john chambliss

Haines City man found guilty of shooting man in the stomach

  A jury found a 55-year-old Haines City man guilty Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder for shooting a man in the stomach in 2019. William Gilbert will be sentenced by Judge Keith Spoto on April 3 for shooting the 51 year-old victim, who had been sitting outside with friends in Haines City. Gilbert suspected he […]

Lakleand man sentenced to 25 years for sexually assaulting girl

A Lakeland man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in 2018 was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday. Jessie Thomas, 29, was also designated as a sexual predator. Assistant State Attorney Randall Daugustinis prosecuted the case. The sexual assault occurred in July 2018. Thomas was confronted about molesting the child during a recorded […]

Enrollment Opens for Second Annual SAO Citizens Academy

  The State Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for the second annual Citizens Academy. The eight-week program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday starting March 12 in the Bartow courthouse. The Academy gives residents in the 10th Circuit an opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice system. Citizens will hear […]

Lakeland man receives life sentence for raping 14-year-old girl

  A 35-year-old man was sentenced to two life sentences Thursday for raping a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant and later gave birth. Jason Elsea, of Lakeland, pleaded guilty in December. Before Elsea was sentenced, Assistant State Attorney Ashley McCarthy urged Circuit Judge William “Bill” Sites to sentence Elsea to life in prison. McCarthy explained […]