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Reginald Streeter, 21, was given two consecutive life sentences Monday. He had been convicted twice of robbery with a firearm prior to this incident.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Habitual offender sentenced

Reginald Leon Streeter was sentenced to life in prison Monday. Streeter, 21, of Lake Wales, was convicted by a jury in August of burglary of a dwelling with an assault while armed, attempted robbery with a firearm, resisting officers without violence while wearing a mask, giving false info to law enforcement and possession of cannabis […]

Timothy Baroody, 58, of Orange City, was found guilty Friday of aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of aggravated assault with semi-truck

Timothy Baroody admitted he was in a bad mood and was tired of cars passing his semi in a no passing zone. The victims attempted to pass the semi a few times on Nov. 20, 2014, and Baroody blocked them with his vehicle before forcing theirs off the roadway. The victim gained control and entered […]

Kissimmee man found guilty of attempted manslaughter

JURY VERDICT: Kissimmee man found guilty of attempted manslaughter

Willie Charles Jones, 19, of Kissimmee, was convicted of attempted manslaughter by act and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. Jones was convicted Sept. 29 for an incident that occurred in July 2015 where he got angry at a driver, followed him home and fired two shots at him. In her closing statement, Assistant State […]

Man convicted of murder for second time

JURY VERDICT: Man convicted of murder for second time

Jurors found 24-year-old Benjamin Smiley guilty Thursday of killing a Lakeland man, making it the second time he’s been convicted of murder in less than a year. After deliberating for about six hours, the jury found Smiley guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, tampering with evidence, aggravated assault and burglary of a dwelling. […]

Gary Carroll stands in court with his lawyer Friday, Sept. 30, as he waits to be sentenced by Judge Sharon Franklin. Carroll was found guilty of his charges in August.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Carroll sentenced to 20 years

Gary Carroll was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for striking and killing a bicyclist and leaving the scene. Carroll, 48, of Lakeland, struck and killed the 32-year-old victim, left the scene of the crash and removed the physical evidence from his vehicle. He was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 22 and […]

Man guilty of hiring hitman to kill his wife

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of hiring hitman to kill his wife

Vincent Madhavath intended to kill his wife the night of Sept. 17, 2014. Madhavath, 45, of Winter Haven, hired a hitman – who was an undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent – and planned to have him enter their home after midnight for a staged armed robbery where his wife would be shot in […]

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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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