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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 […]

Carter convicted of first-degree murder for fatal home-invasion robbery

JURY VERDICT: Carter convicted of first-degree murder for fatal home-invasion robbery

It only took jurors two hours at the end of a four-week trial to find Auban Carter guilty of first-degree murder. Carter was involved in a 2015 home-invasion robbery that resulted in the death of Kody Zawalski. Two others were critically injured in the incident, and a fourth victim was struck. Carter was convicted Friday […]

Lakeland man guilty of sexual battery on two girls, attempted on another

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of sexual battery on two girls, attempted on another

Harold Parker groomed his victims to both expect and accept his abuse. He bought the three victims clothes and toys while he took care of them after school, and when he’d end up alone with one of the girls, Parker would sexually abuse her. “He made the despicable seem normal,” Assistant State Attorney Lauren Randall […]

Man who stole ATM with excavator sentenced to 30 years

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man who stole ATM with excavator sentenced to 30 years

Jesus Sanchez Sanchez caused more than $120,000 in damage when he stole an excavator and used it to rip an ATM out of a Winter Haven bank. Sanchez Sanchez, 52, is a habitual felony offender and was sentenced to 30 years in prison Sept. 28. He was found guilty May 5 of grand theft of […]

Davenport man sentenced to 30 years for sexual battery

SENTENCING UPDATE: Davenport man sentenced to 30 years for sexual battery

Even though she was highly emotional, Jon Moyer’s victim bravely took the stand at his sentencing hearing. She told the judge she’s trying to move on but still can’t understand why Moyer chose to hurt her. Moyer started molesting her at the age of 7 and continued for 10 years. He was convicted of sexual […]

Teen who beat, battered, burned man convicted of first-degree murder

JURY VERDICT: Teen who beat, battered, burned man convicted of first-degree murder

After sexually battering and brutally beating Robert Banks to death, Nathan Johnson took photos of his dead body to keep as trophies. He then discarded Banks’ body in the woods, doused it in gasoline and lit it on fire. Surveillance video then caught Johnson and his accomplices minutes later laughing and smiling while buying refreshments […]

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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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