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Johnathan Alcegaire, 30, of Miami.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Alcegaire sentenced to death for 2016 triple homicides

Johnathan Alcegaire stood still as Judge Jalal Harb handed down three death sentences for each of the lives he claimed. Alcegaire was convicted on Sept. 27, 2018, of three counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, […]

Jerry Salter Jr.

JURY VERDICT: Tennessee man faces mandatory life for sexually abusing Polk County teen

Jerry Salter Jr. started abusing his victim at the age of five. Salter groomed the boy to perform sexual acts by using food. A jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Thursday and convicted Salter of three counts of capital sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years of age. Salter is facing mandatory life […]

Patrick Rayha

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lakeland man sentenced to life for fatal Christmas shooting

Patrick Rayha was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Russell Jackson. After two hours of deliberation Monday, jurors convicted Rayha of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, and burglary of a dwelling while armed with a firearm. Phone records show Rayha’s phone pinged in Dade City about 2:45 p.m. on Christmas […]

Robert Graham, 27, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of killing child, faces 20 years in prison

Robert Graham told law enforcement he slammed his baby on the bed three to four times and shook him for about four minutes. After about two hours of deliberation Jan. 23, jurors convicted Graham of manslaughter and child abuse. He is facing up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced March 21. Assistant […]

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State Attorney’s statement regarding Sebring shooting

State Attorney Brian Haas stood alongside officials in Highlands County this morning to address the media regarding the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of five people in Sebring Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Haas identified two main priorities: The first is to build the best case possible to ensure prosecution that ends in a successful result […]

Daniel Pelham, 35, of Arcadia.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Habitual offender gets 20 years after leading cops on high-speed chase

After officers attempted to stop Daniel Pelham for running a stop sign, he led them on a high-speed chase for nearly an hour. Pelham, who is a prison releasee reoffender and a habitual felony offender, was convicted in December of fleeing to elude involving high speed and no valid driver’s license. On Jan. 11, he […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
In Honor of #NationalPoliceWeek and #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, we’d like to take a moment to remember all 41 officers in our circuit who have died in the line of duty.

State Attorney Brian Haas and SAO employees attended a memorial ceremony to remember Highlands County Sheriff's Office Deputy William Gentry, Jr. on May 7 – the first anniversary of his death.

We will never forget. 🖤💙🖤
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Haas was the keynote speaker for this year's Polk County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Each spring, agencies from across Polk County gather to honor our fallen officers. Polk County's first line of duty death dates back to 1886, so the names of the 33 officers who have fallen since then were read aloud at today's ceremony. A single rose was placed on top of a unique plaque, bearing each officer's name and end of watch. Annual ceremonies like this ensure our heroes are never forgotten.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
When Blake Fitez met Victor Manns Jr. to sell him an iPhone, he had no way of knowing the interaction would end in his friend’s murder.

Jurors deliberated about two hours on April 24 before finding Manns guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Judge Harb immediately sentenced Manns to life in prison.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Steven Alamia in securing this conviction and sentence.
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