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David Broxterman, 57, speaks in court just before his sentence was imposed on March 16. He told the judge he was sorry about the entire incident but never admitted that he'd done anything wrong.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Broxterman sentenced to five years for faking PhD

David Broxterman grabbed the side of the jury box for support as Judge Yancey sentenced him for lying about his doctoral degree in order to teach at Polk State College. He was sentenced March 16 to five years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation. Broxterman, 57, of Lakeland, faked a PhD in organizational […]

James Brady, 62, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man shoots wife, found guilty of attempted murder

Sherry Brady heard a loud bang and looked down to see her blood everywhere – her husband of nearly 10 years had fired a shotgun at her. James Brady was found guilty Thursday of attempted second-degree murder, shooting into a dwelling, tampering with a witness and domestic battery. He faces a minimum of 25 years […]

William McGee, 39, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lake Hollingsworth attacker convicted of kidnapping, attempted sexual battery

William McGee admitted he could have raped his victim if she hadn’t talked him out of it. The 22-year-old girl was running around Lake Hollingsworth about 11 p.m. May 18, 2015, when she saw the shadow of a man begin to approach her from behind. “He was coming up behind me fast. I glanced back […]

Poinciana man sentenced to life for attempted murder

SENTENCING UPDATE: Poinciana man sentenced to life for attempted murder

The only way Nikimah Stanley said she felt she could keep her nightmares at bay was to know the man who stabbed her would spend the rest of his life in prison. Stanley was stabbed by her then-boyfriend Coy Dotson over 14 times, and he was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder in December. She […]

Carl McCauley, 67, was found guilty of the 1987 murder of Karen Watson, which was a cold case for nearly 30 years.

JURY VERDICT: McCauley guilty of 1987 murder, sentenced to life

When Charles Watson Sr. got home from work on Mar. 24, 1987, he found his wife stabbed to death on their couch. Karen Ann Watson, 41, of Lake Wales, was sexually battered and brutally murdered the day before her twin sons’ 16th birthday. Nearly 30 years passed before her family saw the case come to […]

Tyrone Laster, 43, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted murder

When law enforcement found Chauncey Rollins, he was lying in a pool of his own blood. He’d been shot in the back of the head and was mumbling incoherently. There was a spent shell casing on the ground next to him. A Lakeland Police officer crouched down next to Rollins and asked who shot him: […]

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