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Cheyanne Jessie, left, with mitigation specialist/investigator Colleen Quinn

Cheyanne Jessie convicted of killing her father, daughter

  State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Cheyanne Jessie for the brutal killing of her daughter and father in 2015. A 12-member jury convicted Jessie, 29, of Lakeland, after less than four hours of deliberations. The jury, which also convicted Jessie of tampering with evidence, will now determine whether to recommend the death […]

Aladino-Ojeda

Davenport man convicted of sexual battery, impersonating an officer

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Erubiel Aladino-Ojeda, a 38-year-old Davenport man convicted on two counts of sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and falsely impersonating an officer during a felony. A six-member jury convicted Aladino-Ojeda after two hours of deliberations. He faces a maximum of 50 years in prison. Circuit Judge Larry Helms […]

Bejar-Salamanca

Haines City man convicted of trafficking methamphetamine

State Attorney Brian Haas announces the conviction of Pioquinto Bejar-Salamanca, a 59-year-old Haines City man for trafficking more than 200 grams of amphetamine (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a structure with intent to trafficking amphetamine. Bejar-Salamanca was convicted by a six-member jury, which deliberated for about two hours on Wednesday.  The more than 800 […]

State Attorney Haas speaks to Suncoast Crime Prevention Association

State Attorney Brian Haas addressed officers and deputies from the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association on Wednesday at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office operations center. The event, hosted by Sheriff Grady Judd, featured Mr. Haas discussing ways to prevent scams from occurring. “We have to do everything we can to warn people ahead of time,” Mr. […]

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Charges filed against Joseph and Courtney Irby

State Attorney Brian Haas discussed on Wednesday filing charges against both Joseph and Courtney Irby. Joseph Irby, 35, faces one felony charge of aggravated battery. Courtney Irby, 32, has been charged with misdemeanor trespassing. State Attorney Brian Haas Press Conference

Michael James Smith

JURY VERDICT: Michael James Smith convicted of lewd or lascivious battery

State Attorney Brian Haas announced the conviction of Michael James Smith of lewd or lascivious battery: engaging in sex act with a victim 12-16 years of age.  Smith was convicted by a Polk County Jury after deliberating for just under two hours. Smith who was twenty-five (25) years of age at the time of the […]

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Gail Nichols, a Lakeland veterinarian, can no longer care for animals after a circuit court judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail and 10 years probation for mistreating her horses.
State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Jessica Fisher for her work on the case.
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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
National Night Out 2019
Lakeland, Florida
State Attorney Brian Haas recently joined Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia during National Night Out, an annual event that promotes unity between police and neighborhoods.
Mr. Haas and Chief Garcia talked with people at several stops, including Foxwood Village in North Lakeland, a Lakeland Flying Tigers game, and at Sandpiper in North Lakeland. The State Attorney’s Office appreciated the opportunity to team with the Lakeland Police Department to discuss crime preventative tips to residents.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Dustin Halstead began serving an 11-year sentence earlier this week. Halstead, 26, was found guilty in 2018 of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash in the 2014 death of Shelby Kenneth Shull.
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