Thomas Lucas

Lakeland Man Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Thomas LucasThomas Lucas, 31, of Lakeland was convicted and sentenced to Life in Prison for Robbery with a Firearm and Burglary of a Dwelling with an assault while Armed with a Firearm. Lucas entered a Lakeland home with a firearm through an unlocked door and demanded one of the victims empty the money out of her safe. Lucas threatened to shoot a second victim if he tried to leave the home. Lucas fled the scene with the money and was later apprehended by law enforcement. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Josephine Colon and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacob Knowles

7 Life Sentences for Highlands County Man Convicted of Seven Counts of Capital Sexual Battery

Jacob KnowlesA Highlands County Jury convicted Jacob Knowles of seven counts of Sexual Battery. Knowles sexually abused the young girl for several months at her home and other locations. Knowles faces life in prison when sentenced. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work obtaining justice in this case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dwyane Rowland

Texas Man Convicted of Grand Theft by a Polk County Jury

Dwyane Rowland Dwyane Rowland schemed to steal a house that was not his. The Texas man noticed that there was a man with a similar name in Polk County who owned a home. Rowland traveled here from Texas and attempted to move into the home, even employing a locksmith in an effort to get the locks changed. Thankfully, observant neighbors knew something wasn’t right and called the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Rowland was convicted by a Polk County Jury of Grand Theft, Burglary and False Information to Law Enforcement. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14th, 2022. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Eric Ebbole and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case.

 

 

 

 

 

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ASA Paul Wallace Recognized for 40 Years of Service

Paul WallaceAssistant State Attorney Paul Wallace was recognized at the State Attorney’s Annual Years of Service Ceremony this year for Forty-Years of Service. Wallace, Director of the Homicide Division, is one of the most meticulous, well prepared prosecutors in the state. Wallace was selected as the Gene Barry Award winner in 2019, this is the most prestigious award a prosecutor can receive from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. Wallace’s experience not only helps in the courtroom, but he’s also able to share knowledge he’s obtained from previous cases with younger colleagues. The State Attorney’s Office is truly grateful for all of his time, dedication and perseverance.

 

 

 

 

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