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Lake Wales man guilty of attempted second-degree murder after shooting at truck

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man guilty of attempted second-degree murder after shooting at truck

Robert Daniel was driving to work when he saw a man in a black corvette pull up beside him and fire three shots into his vehicle. After 25 minutes of deliberation, a jury found John Decesare, 74, guilty July 12 of attempted second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and discharging a firearm from a […]

Kissimmee man guilty of molesting an 8-year-old girl

JURY VERDICT: Kissimmee man guilty of molesting an 8-year-old girl

Roudy Vital claimed that the reason he bathed an 8-year-old girl and touched her inappropriately was because he wanted to make sure she was completely clean. A jury found Vital guilty of lewd molestation June 27. A mandatory life sentenced will be imposed on Vital at his sentencing hearing Aug. 7. Assistant State Attorney Lauren […]

Family of Greenfield addressed Collins before she was sentenced to life

SENTENCING UPDATE: Family of Greenfield addressed Collins before she was sentenced to life

At Victoria Collins’ sentencing hearing June 16, family members of Gary Greenfield didn’t shy away from telling Collins how her selfish actions destroyed their lives. Collins murdered Greenfield, her longtime lover and tenant, and his body was found on July 29, 2015, highly decomposed, wrapped in a tarp and underneath a piece of privacy fencing. […]

Victoria Collins, 59, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland woman found guilty of killing her lover, sentenced to life

It only took jurors an hour and a half to convict Victoria Collins for the murder of her tenant and longtime lover, Gary Greenfield. Greenfield’s body was found July 29, 2015, behind a shed on the property he rented from Collins. His body was in a state of advanced decomposition and had been wrapped in […]

John Goepferich, left, talks to his attorney after being sentenced Friday to life in prison. Goepferich lured officers to his Lake Wales home and fired rounds at them, striking two.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man sentenced to life for attempting to murder Lake Wales police officers

John Goepferich claimed the reason he lured officers to his home and fired over 24 rounds at them was to commit suicide. But – in Goepferich’s sentencing hearing on Friday – Judge Roddenbery said his actions clearly showed otherwise. He was sentenced to life in prison. Goepferich, 61, was convicted February 10 of six counts […]

James Carter, 26, testifies in court March 29. He was convicted of first-degree arson, among other charges, and faces life in prison.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Carter sentenced to 20 years for first-degree arson

Three days before he set Kiera Williams’ house on fire, James Carter called and threatened her: “If I can’t have you, nobody will.” Carter, 26, was found guilty March 30 of first-degree arson, burglary of a dwelling with $1,000 in damages or more and aggravated stalking. Judge Kevin Abdoney sentenced him Thursday to 20 years […]


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