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Man gets 10 years for striking, killing bicyclist

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man gets 10 years for striking, killing bicyclist

Byers Levy was riding his bicycle around Lake Hollingsworth on a Sunday afternoon when Ronald Akins – who had been drinking – veered across the double yellow line and into the bike lane, striking and killing Levy. Akins, 78, pled guilty to DUI manslaughter on Jan. 13 and tried to convince Judge Durden at sentencing […]

Broxterman convicted of faking PhD

JURY VERDICT: Broxterman convicted of faking PhD

After about an hour of deliberation, David Broxterman, 57, was found guilty of scheme to defraud by a jury on Jan. 19. Broxterman, of Lakeland, lied about having a PhD in organizational management from the University of South Florida when he applied for a job as a professor at Polk State College in 2008. He […]

Haas administers oath for Polk Police Chiefs Association

Haas administers oath for Polk Police Chiefs Association

LAKELAND – Chief Larry Giddens, of the Lakeland Police Department, raised his right hand to be sworn in as President of the Polk County Police Chiefs Association Thursday evening by State Attorney Brian Haas. Giddens, Florida Polytechnic Police Chief Richard Holland, Auburndale Police Chief Chris Nelson and five other directors were sworn in at the […]

Vincent Madhavath, 45, was found guilty as charged by a jury on Thursday, Sept. 29.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Winter Haven man gets 20 years

Vincent Madhavath was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for hiring a hitman to kill his wife. Madhavath, 45, was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder by a jury on Sept. 29, 2016, after a three-day trial in front of Judge Yancey. Following his 20-year sentence, Yancey also gave […]

Trevontae Shuler, 21, of Lake Wales.

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man guilty of armed robbery

Trevontae Shuler walked up to Pizzano’s Pizza with a red hoodie tied tightly around his face and a gun in his hand. About 5:15 p.m. on April 15, 2016, Shuler entered the Lake Wales store and pointed the weapon at the 16-year-old cashier, demanding she give him all the money from the register. Once he […]

Leo Jackson, 56, of Bartow, was found guilty of shooting into a building and trespassing by a jury Thursday afternoon.

JURY VERDICT: Bartow man guilty of shooting into ex’s house

Leo Jackson parked his scooter in the shadows and walked toward his ex-girlfriend’s house with a loaded firearm. About 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2015, Jackson walked around his ex’s house, yelled obscenities and shook the window air conditioning units. He then lifted his firearm and shot twice – first into the dining room window, […]

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A jury unanimously recommended the death penalty today for Cheyanne Jessie, the 29-year-old Lakeland woman who brutally murdered her father and daughter in 2015.
Circuit Judge Jalal Harb will now make the final decision following the verdict. The jury deliberated for just over an hour. They were unanimous on the decision to recommend death in the killing of Jessie’s 6-year-old daughter, Meredith. The jury recommended life in the killing of her father, Mark Weekly, 50.
Jessie was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first degree murder in the shooting and stabbing of Weekly and Meredith. She stuffed their bodies into plastic bins then hid the bins in a neighbor’s shed. Assistant State Attorneys Paul Wallace and Kristie Ducharme prosecuted the case. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks ASA’s Wallace, Ducharme, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives for their diligent work on the case.
Below, Jessie, with her head down, can be seen with her defense team.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Cheyanne Jessie was found guilty today of two counts of first degree murder in the 2015 deaths of her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie. A jury took about fours hours to convict Jessie, 29. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.
Jurors will now determine if the Lakeland woman should receive the death penalty. Jessie’s daughter died of a gunshot to the head. She was also stabbed. Her father died of three gunshots to his head and multiple stab wounds to the chest. Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace and Assistant State Attorney Kristie Ducharme will continue prosecuting the case during the death penalty phase of the trial beginning today. Death sentences require a unanimous jury. In the picture below, Jessie can be seen on the left.
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