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Eric Cerruti

Lakeland Instagram stalker sentenced to prison

A 54-year-old Lakeland man who stalked a 19-year-old woman on Instagram for months has been sentenced to 3½-years in prison. Eric Cerruti pleaded no contest to the charge of written threats to kill or do bodily harm, a second degree felony. In addition to the prison sentence, Circuit Judge Michael McDaniel sentenced Cerruti in July […]

Johnny Emmons

Lake Wales man sentenced to 15 years for having child porn

A Lake Wales man was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Johnny Emmons, 29, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of enhanced possession of child pornography, a second degree felony, and also admitted to violating his probation from a 2015 child porn case. In […]

Heather Beato

Longtime Assistant State Attorney appointed to Circuit bench

State Attorney Brian Haas congratulates Assistant State Attorney Heather Beato on her appointment to the 10th Judicial Circuit bench. ASA Beato, a prosecutor in the Sebring office, has been with the State Attorney’s Office since graduating from the Florida State University College of Law in 2002.  

Andre Warner

Auburndale man convicted of fatally shooting man during home invasion

Assistant State Attorney Kristie Ducharme secured a conviction in March when jurors found a 30-year-old Auburndale man guilty of fatally shooting a man during a home invasion robbery. Andre Warner, one of four co-defendants in the case, now faces the death penalty for shooting and killing Adam Hilarie in 2016. A new 12-person jury will […]

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Jesse Banks

Lakeland man convicted of fatal 2017 stabbing

A Lakeland man was convicted in March of fatally stabbing his friend in the neck during an argument in 2017. Jesse Banks Jr., 69, faces up to life in prison. Jurors deliberated for 3 ½-hours before finding him guilty of second degree murder with a weapon. A sentencing date has been scheduled for May 29. […]

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