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Haines City man sexually battered girl, got her pregnant

SENTENCING UPDATE: Haines City man who impregnated girl sentenced to life

Delwyn Manuel will spend the rest of his life in prison after battering a young girl and getting her pregnant. After only 45 minutes of deliberation on Nov. 1, Manuel, 53, was found guilty of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority. He was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. He forced himself on […]

Winter Garden man who traveled to Polk guilty of attempted lewd battery

JURY VERDICT: Winter Garden man who traveled to Polk guilty of attempted lewd battery

When Jeffrey Binder made plans to drive to Polk County and be intimate with a 14-year-old girl, he had no idea the “girl” was an undercover detective. The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Binder, 28, of Winter Haven,  guilty Nov. 29 of attempted lewd battery on a child, traveling to meet a […]

Haines City man sexually battered girl, got her pregnant

JURY VERDICT: Haines City man sexually battered girl, got her pregnant

DNA testing revealed there was a 99.99 percent chance Delwyn Manuel was the father of his victim’s unborn child. The jury deliberated for about 45 minutes, convicting 53-year-old Manuel on Nov. 1 of sexual battery with familial or custodial authority. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced Dec. 15. Assistant State Attorney […]

Winter Haven woman charged with murder, sentenced to life

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven woman charged with murder, sentenced to life

Star Tribble shot her sleeping boyfriend in the back of the head and left his body on top of their mattress. A jury found Tribble guilty Oct. 31 of first-degree murder, tampering with a witness, tampering with physical evidence, assisted tampering with evidence and false report of a crime. Immediately following her conviction, she was […]

Taekwondo teacher sentenced to 15 years for molesting student

SENTENCING UPDATE: Taekwondo teacher sentenced to 15 years for molesting student

Chase Woolman began making sexual advances toward his victim when she was only 14-years-old. Woolman sexually abused her for three years, taking advantage of the student-teacher relationship he had with her. Woolman was convicted of sexual battery and lewd molestation Friday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation. […]

Man who stalked young girls, flashed them sentenced to 10 years

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man who stalked young girls, flashed them sentenced to 10 years

After being fired from a job where he allegedly flashed a young girl, Adam Tharp spent his spare time stalking children at libraries in hopes of exposing himself to them. Tharp, 24, of Winter Haven, pled guilty to lewd or lascivious exhibition Friday. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 15 years […]

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Two months after returning home from serving his country in Afghanistan, 21 year-old and engaged to be married Army Veteran Michael Millan-Perez was on his way to work in the early morning hours of February 25, 2015. At that same time, drunk driver Nick Nicholas was on his way to a casino in Tampa, when he decided to stop his Chevy Tahoe, without any reason, in the left lane of Interstate 4.

Perez was killed when he crashed into the back of the Chevy Tahoe. Nicholas, who walked away from the crash, had a blood-alcohol level of .171, more than double the legal limit. With no plea agreement from the State Attorney’s Office, Nicholas entered an open plea to DUI Manslaughter on August 2, 2018.

Although Nicholas scored 10.5 years in Florida State Prison, according to state sentencing guidelines, Judge William Sites sentenced Nicholas to 12 years in prison, followed by 3 years of probation.

Through a series of legal maneuvers and appeals, Nicholas was able to delay serving his prison sentence until yesterday, when he was finally taken into custody after exhausting his appellate options.

Assistant State Attorney Steve Alamia, a prosecutor who has been recognized by MADD for his advocacy on behalf of DUI victims, and former Assistant State Attorney Lori Winstead, represented the State during this 5 year prosecution. State Attorney Brian Haas is grateful for the work of the ASA’s and the Florida Highway Patrol. While Mr. Perez’s family will forever suffer because of Nicholas’ criminal act, we hope the defendant’s prison sentence provides at least some level of justice for the family.
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Today we honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military.
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Congratulations to Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Swenson!
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