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Richard Satterfield

Conviction Should Serve as a Warning to Residents Having Work Done in Their Homes

In the early part of 2021, a local resident had a bathroom in her home renovated.  The project took a couple of months.  Later that year, the victim was preparing for a family gathering and attempted to retrieve her silver from a cabinet in her home.  She realized it had been taken, along with other […]

London Sir Dangerous

Man Convicted of Kidnapping and Tampering with a Witness

London Sir Dangerous, 29, was convicted by a Polk County Jury of Kidnapping, Tampering with a Witness and several other charges. Sir Dangerous and the victim got into a verbal argument at the Briarcrest Apartments in Winter Haven that quickly escalated. The defendant grabbed the victim’s car keys and entered into the vehicle with her. […]

Bartow Christmas Parade 2022

SAO10 Participates in Local Christmas Parades

The State Attorney’s Office was excited to participate in the Lakeland, Havendale and Bartow Christmas Parades for the first time this year. Everyone had a merry good time!

Ivan Sanders

Highlands County Man Convicted of First-Degree Murder of Four-Year-Old Girl

Ivan Sanders was found guilty and sentenced to Life in prison for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse. Sanders was watching the victim while her mother was at work. Sanders threw the child across the room; hitting her head on the floor, causing her skull to fracture and brain to swell. Sanders delayed taking […]

Gabriel Torres-Martinez

Man Convicted and Sentenced to 30 Years Prison for Attempted Second Degree Murder

Gabriel Torres-Martinez, 34, was sentenced to 30 Years Florida State Prison. A Polk County Jury found Torres-Martinez guilty of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Tampering with a Witness. On February 13th, 2020, the victim was sitting in his girlfriend’s front yard when the defendant drove up and started a verbal altercation that soon […]

Tabitha Palmer

State Attorney Brian Haas Warns Parents of Children who play Fortnite

A Polk County, Florida 11 year-old child was victimized by a 35 year-old women from Indiana after they met playing the game Fortnite.  In late 2020, Tabitha Palmer began chatting with the child through the online game.  Palmer knew that the child was 11 years-old.  The initial conversations were fairly basic, but over time, Palmer […]

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