Samuel Tucker

DUI Manslaughter Suspect Fled to Ireland. SAO Brought Him Back and Now He’s Headed to Prison.

On the night of June 24, 2017, Samuel Tucker was driving his black four door sedan vehicle with a .15 Blood Alcohol Level- Tucker crashed into a utility pole and fence and flipped his vehicle over several times. His passenger was killed. Tucker was hospitalized and upon release, fled to Ireland. Assistant State attorney Victoria Avalon worked diligently to get Tucker back to the United States. Tucker fought his extradition in the Irish Courts. With the help of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Marshall and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Tucker was returned to Highlands Courts to face his charges. Last week Tucker entered a best interest plea to DUI Manslaughter. DUI Manslaughter is a 2nd Degree Felony, permissible by up to 15 years in prison. The Judge sentenced Tucker to 11 years Florida State Prison and 4 years of probation. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Victoria Avalon and Richard Castillo and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work on this case.


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State Attorney Brian Haas Presents 2022 Citizens Academy

State Attorney’s Office’s 2022 Citizens Academy

State Attorney Brian Haas

State Attorney Brian Haas

The State Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for the 2022 Citizens Academy.

The seven-week program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday starting September 20th 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 from some of the top prosecutors in the circuit about how they develop cases then take them to trial.

Please fill out and complete the application below.

Citizens Academy Application 2022

Completed application should be emailed to or returned to:

ATTN: Administration

The State Attorney’s Office

255 N Broadway Ave., Second Floor

Bartow, FL, 33831


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National Night Out with Lakeland Police Department

On Tuesday, State Attorney Brian Haas teamed up with the Lakeland Police Department for National Night Out!

They visited a handful of neighborhoods and businesses in Lakeland to talk to residents and business owners to continue strengthening relationships in the community.

We had a fantastic day and cannot wait to do it again next year!

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Dontae Williamson

Lakeland Man Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison for Robbery with a Firearm

Dontae Williamson A Polk County Jury convicted Dontae Williamson of Robbery with a Firearm. Williamson entered Advance America in Lakeland FL and pointed a firearm at the clerk demanding money from the register and fled the scene with $450 in stolen cash. Williamson has six prior felony convictions and is set for sentencing September 12th. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Katherine Artman and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work on this case.








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