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Man Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder

Elbert Gillins, 60, was convicted and sentenced to Life in Prison for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder on October 3, 2019, in an alleyway near 210 E. Myrtle Street in Lakeland, a verbal argument between the defendant, Elbert Gillins, and two victims quickly escalated to violence. During the altercation, Gillins armed himself with a large piece of wood and began striking Victim 1 in the back of the head. Victim 1 fell face down onto the ground, where Gillins continued to strike him about his head and body. Victim 2 attempted to protect Victim 1 by laying on top of him, but Gillins continued to strike her with the piece of wood. As a result, Victim 1 suffered severe head trauma and later died from injuries sustained during the attack. Victim 2 suffered bruising all over her body, cuts, and a laceration to her chin. Gillins has a lengthy criminal history, including 12 prior battery convictions. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Katherine Artman and the Lakeland Police Department for their work on this case.


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