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Poinciana man sentenced to life for attempted murder

SENTENCING UPDATE: Poinciana man sentenced to life for attempted murder

The only way Nikimah Stanley said she felt she could keep her nightmares at bay was to know the man who stabbed her would spend the rest of his life in prison. Stanley was stabbed by her then-boyfriend Coy Dotson over 14 times, and he was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder in December. She […]

Carl McCauley, 67, was found guilty of the 1987 murder of Karen Watson, which was a cold case for nearly 30 years.

JURY VERDICT: McCauley guilty of 1987 murder, sentenced to life

When Charles Watson Sr. got home from work on Mar. 24, 1987, he found his wife stabbed to death on their couch. Karen Ann Watson, 41, of Lake Wales, was sexually battered and brutally murdered the day before her twin sons’ 16th birthday. Nearly 30 years passed before her family saw the case come to […]

Tyrone Laster, 43, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted murder

When law enforcement found Chauncey Rollins, he was lying in a pool of his own blood. He’d been shot in the back of the head and was mumbling incoherently. There was a spent shell casing on the ground next to him. A Lakeland Police officer crouched down next to Rollins and asked who shot him: […]

John Goepferich, 61, of Lake Wales.

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man convicted of attempting to murder police officers

John Goepferich lured Lake Wales Police Officers to his house and intended to kill them. Upon their arrival, Goepferich immediately began shooting at them – unloading more than 25 rounds in a 30-minute shootout that would injure two officers. After about seven hours of deliberation Friday, jurors found Goepferich guilty of six counts of attempted […]

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 […]

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Aaron Delaune, who faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6 before Circuit Judge Keith Spoto. Delaune has been in the Polk County Jail since his arrest in September. Jurors also found Delaune guilty of using a firearm during the crime and acting for the benefit of a criminal gang.
Assistant State Attorneys Victoria Avalon and Joe Concepcion prosecuted the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Haas recently participated in several events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Haas attended a prayer breakfast in Lakeland and walked in parades in Lake Wales and Lakeland.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
The punch thrown by Demetri Graham caused the coach to receive 27 stitches in his lip. Jurors deliberated 30 minutes before finding Graham guilty of battery.
“As soon as the coach turned his head, the defendant sucker punched him,” Assistant State Attorney Craig Leckie told jurors. “The defendant was mad they lost and his son didn’t play.”
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