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James Pennington

Jury Verdict: Man Guilty of First Degree Murder

  In the first COVID-19-Era First Degree Murder Trial, jurors convicted James “Jimbo” Pennington for the murder of Devyn Martin in Indian Lake Estates in 2017. During the 6 day trial, jurors heard testimony from Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies and other witnesses to the crime.  Assistant State Attorney Jaenea Gorman presented evidence to the jurors […]

Edward Stevenson

Child suffered years of sexual abuse, Winter Haven man sentenced to life in prison

  State Attorney Brian Haas’ Office prosecuted Edward Stevenson for sexually abusing a young girl. Stevenson was convicted at a jury trial of four counts of sexual battery on a child. He was arrested in 2017 after Winter Haven Police investigated the abuse allegations.  They also conducted a controlled phone call with the defendant and […]

Alan Stroh

Winter Haven man sentenced to 7 years for trafficking methamphetamine

A Winter Haven man was sentenced to seven years in prison in October for trafficking more than $2,000 in methamphetamine. Alan Stroh, 56, was found guilty Oct. 14 after six jurors deliberated for about two hours. Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen sentenced Stroh following the conviction. Assistant State Attorney Michael Nutter prosecuted the case. Nutter told […]

Justin Handshoe

Man who attacked roommates with box cutter sentenced to 17 years

A Winter Haven man, who stabbed two roommates with a box cutter in 2018, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Justin Handshoe, 35, pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, which are second degree felonies. Handshoe attacked his roommates, a man and a woman, several days after […]

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 […]

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