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Benjamin Smiley, center, stands with his attorneys after Judge Harb read his death verdict in court Friday. Jurors unanimously recommended he be sentenced to death for the 2013 murder of Clifford Drake.

Tenth Circuit State Attorney’s Office secures death recommendation under new death penalty law

BARTOW – Polk jurors unanimously recommended the death sentence Friday in what’s believed to be the first death verdict under the new death penalty law signed by the governor last month. After deliberating about four hours, 12 jurors unanimously found that convicted murderer Benjamin Smiley should be sentenced to death for the 2013 fatal shooting […]

Lenard Masten, 26, of Lakeland.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Convicted felon to spend life in prison for armed robbery, kidnapping

Lenard Masten, who has previous violent crime convictions, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Masten, 26, was found guilty on March 17 of three counts of robbery with a firearm, armed kidnapping, two counts of armed false imprisonment, burglary of a dwelling with an assault while armed with a firearm, possession of a […]

Max Horton, 92, testifies in court April 14, where he was found guilty of attempted manslaughter with a firearm. He faces up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced June 6.

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of attempted manslaughter after grass clipping incident

SEBRING – Max Horton said he’s not the type to get mad – he gets even. On Sept. 17, 2015, lawn workers at Casa Del Lago in Avon Park blew stray glass clippings on a vehicle in Horton’s driveway. Horton, who believed the act was deliberate, motioned for Robert Hendrix – the owner of the […]

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

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of first-degree arson

Kiera Williams woke up to the smell of smoke. About 3 a.m. on April 7, 2015, she heard the dog barking and immediately jumped out of bed and ran into the living room of her parents’ home, where smoke filled the air. The car and garage were completely engulfed in flames. Williams, her parents and […]

William McGee, 39, of Lakeland.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lake Hollingsworth attacker sentenced to 30 years

William McGee, who was found guilty of kidnapping and attempted sexual battery March 3, was sentenced to 30 years in Florida State Prison on March 24. In the trial at the beginning of March, evidence showed that the 39-year-old McGee attacked a runner near Lake Hollingsworth on May 18, 2015, pulling her off the path […]

Chaldon Sanon, 20, of Haines City.

JURY VERDICT: Haines City man convicted for sexually battering 9-year-old girl

Chaldson Sanon told law enforcement he had sex with a little girl, admitting he knew it was wrong. At the end of a two-day trial, a jury found 20-year-old Sanon guilty of sexual battery Thursday. Sanon faces a mandatory life sentence that will be imposed May 18. Assistant State Attorney Mikaela Perry called the victim […]

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