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JURY VERDICT: Davenport man guilty of lewd molestation

Rolando Dejesus admitted to forcing a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on him. It took less than 30 minutes Tuesday for a jury to convict Dejesus, 42, of lewd molestation. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced on October 18. Assistant State Attorney Mattie Tondreault told jurors that Dejesus’ abuse started […]

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man guilty of threats to kill his ex, aggravated stalking

Dameon Akins was mad when his girlfriend broke up with him, so he hit her and threatened to kill her. “Death is in the air,” Akins said in messages to the victim. “Wherever I see you, I hope God be with you.” One of his video messages ended with 29-year-old Akins forming his hands into […]

JURY VERDICT: Habitual offender convicted of rape, faces 30 years in prison

Roger Griffin held his victim at knife point, took her to an abandoned house, and forced himself on her. After a little more than an hour of deliberation, Griffin was found guilty Thursday of sexual battery. He is a habitual offender and faces an increased sentence of up to 30 years in prison. He will […]

Chris Nelson to become new SAO Executive Director

State Attorney Brian Haas announced that Auburndale Police Chief Chris Nelson will join the State Attorney’s Office as its Executive Director. When Nelson assumes the role on August 27, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. He will also oversee the budget, human resources, IT, facilities, investigations, records retention, and Child […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man receives consecutive life sentences for sexually battering, filming a child

Judge Carpanini handed down two consecutive life sentences and an additional 160 years to Jason Bracero-Reyes Friday afternoon. Following a jury trial, Bracero-Reyes was convicted June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority, eight counts of promoting sexual performance of a child, and eight counts of possession of child pornography. […]

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man to receive life after being convicted for rape of 11-year-old

As a punishment for not finishing household chores, Matthew Baist raped his victim and beat her into submission when she tried to fight back. After less than 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Baist guilty Thursday of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and sexual battery by a person with familial or […]


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The Boys and Girls Club recently visited the courthouse! ?

State Attorney Brian Haas spoke to the students and discussed the importance of staying on the right track. He also gave them ideas for ... See more

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JURY VERDICT: Poinciana man convicted of sexual battery, possession of child porn

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her.

After 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Bracero-Reyes June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with ... See more

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced August 3.

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Man gets life sentence for brutal 2017 murder

We are grateful for the hard work of Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin in securing Richard Strickland’s conviction and sentence.

Judge Peter Estrada addressed Strickland at Wednesday’s ... See more

AVON PARK -- Judge Peter Estrada on Wednesday, June 27, sentenced 51-year-old Richard Conway Strickland III to spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of his roommate last year in ... See more


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