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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 […]

State Attorney Hill, Assistant State Attorneys honored by MADD

State Attorney Hill, Assistant State Attorneys honored by MADD

WINTER HAVEN – State Attorney Jerry Hill and two of our prosecutors were honored Thursday, Sept. 22, at the MADD Polk County Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Recognition Dinner. Felony Attorneys Melissa Gravitt and Stephanie Durrance were awarded for their work prosecuting DUI cases, and Mr. Hill was given a special award for his dedication to […]

Man guilty of heroin trafficking

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of heroin trafficking

A trail of heroin crumbs led deputies to the closet where Gleen Efrain Zayas-Acosta was hiding. Deputies found 35-year-old Zayas-Acosta behind hanging clothes near a hamper where he’d hidden about a kilo of heroin. A prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office laid out all the evidence before the jury in closing statements Thursday, re-enacting the […]

Man guilty of robbing, beating elderly woman

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of robbing, beating elderly woman

When Perry Lee Chance walked into the Winter Haven clothing store where 82-year-old Carol Sleeth was working, Sleeth had no way of knowing the same man would return four days later, rob her and beat her. Chance, 55, faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty Thursday of burglary with an assault, robbery, […]

Gary Carroll, 48, of Lakeland was found guilty of all charges by a jury on Friday. He will be sentenced by Judge Sharon Franklin on Sept. 30.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man struck bicyclist, left crash scene

Gary Carroll said there were a number of reasons he didn’t stop after striking and killing someone with his vehicle on the way home from a party. In addition to claiming he hit an animal, to which there was no physical evidence, Carroll left the scene and removed the evidence of the crash from his […]

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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.

9 months ago
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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