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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 […]

Daugustinis was recognized for her work with DUI cases at MADD's Statewide Law Enforcement Recognition dinner Friday.

Polk prosecutor recognized by MADD

FORT LAUDERDALE – Assistant State Attorney Randi Daugustinis was recognized at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2016 Statewide Law Enforcement Recognition Friday in Fort Lauderdale. Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies nominated her for the “Outstanding Prosecutor Recognition” award for her work prosecuting DUI cases. She was one of 13 prosecutors recognized from across the […]

Auburndale woman guilty of meth trafficking

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale woman guilty of meth trafficking

Five kilograms of methamphetamine were entered as evidence in a two-day trial where jurors found Crystal Caldwell guilty of trafficking. Caldwell, 34, of Auburndale, faces a minimum of 15 years in prison after the jury convicted her Thursday of trafficking 200 or more grams of amphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a structure used […]

Sebring man charged with fraud

SAO INVESTIGATION: Sebring man charged with fraud

SEBRING – After a three-month investigation by State Attorney’s Office Investigator Stephen Menge, Robert Stephen Wiggins, 32, of 3745 Sparta Road in Sebring, was arrested Thursday and charged with scheme to defraud, five counts of grand theft, six counts of contracting without a license and workers compensation fraud. He obtained $14,861.36 from multiple victims. Wiggins […]

William Gainey, 62, of Lake Wales, sits in the courtroom during his sentencing Friday morning. Judge J. Dale Durrance sentenced Gainey to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of DUI manslaughter.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Gainey sentenced to 30 years for DUI manslaughter

William Gainey – convicted of two counts of DUI manslaughter – was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Judge J. Dale Durrance Friday morning. The sentencing follows a jury trial from last month where Gainey was found guilty. On May 29, 2015, Gainey, 62, of Lake Wales, mixed alcohol and narcotics before driving and […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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Gail Nichols, a Lakeland veterinarian, can no longer care for animals after a circuit court judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail and 10 years probation for mistreating her horses.
State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Jessica Fisher for her work on the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
National Night Out 2019
Lakeland, Florida
State Attorney Brian Haas recently joined Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia during National Night Out, an annual event that promotes unity between police and neighborhoods.
Mr. Haas and Chief Garcia talked with people at several stops, including Foxwood Village in North Lakeland, a Lakeland Flying Tigers game, and at Sandpiper in North Lakeland. The State Attorney’s Office appreciated the opportunity to team with the Lakeland Police Department to discuss crime preventative tips to residents.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Dustin Halstead began serving an 11-year sentence earlier this week. Halstead, 26, was found guilty in 2018 of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash in the 2014 death of Shelby Kenneth Shull.
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