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David Whitchard

Winter Haven man sentenced to 25 years for molesting 3 girls

  A Winter Haven man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually molesting three girls on numerous occasions in 2017. Following the plea, David Kelly Whitchard, 32, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery to 25 years in prison followed by a lifetime of sexual predator probation.  He pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd molestation. Assistant […]

Joseph Mujica

Orlando man convicted of attempted lewd battery, traveling to meet minor

An Orlando man who had lengthy sexually explicit text exchanges with a Polk Sheriff’s detective posing as a 14-year-old girl then traveled 30 miles to meet the teen faces up to 30 years in prison after his conviction on Thursday. Joseph Mujica, 55, was convicted of two second degree felonies, traveling to meet a minor […]

Ronald Wagoner sits with his defense team.

Lakeland man convicted of 2016 fatal stabbing

  Six jurors took three hours Thursday to convict a Lakeland man of fatally stabbing a man during a bonfire party outside his home. Ronald Wagoner, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter with a weapon and tampering with a witness. Circuit Judge William “Bill” Sites will sentence Wagoner at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. He […]

Maurice Heyward

Lake Wales man convicted of attacking police officers

  During a May 1 encounter with Lake Wales Police, Maurice Heyward, 40, became violent with officers, even causing one of the officers to fall into and damage one of the department’s Ford Explorers.  Prior to the incident, Heyward sped through a stop sign on his bicycle at Tillman Avenue and Second Street. When Heyward […]

Prosecutor Paul Wallace stands in front of some boxes from previous murder cases.

Methodical and Meticulous: Homicide prosecutor recognized statewide as he builds cases through attention to detail

Listening to Homicide Director Paul Wallace, it’s easy to forget he’s put away some of the most cruel and brutal killers during the last 30 years. He’s direct, kind-hearted, soft-spoken and has a knack for mentoring sharp attorneys in the most high-profile division at the State Attorney’s Office. Wallace, 62, is also one of the […]

Gail Nichols

Lakeland vet sentenced to jail for cruelty to her horses

A longtime Lakeland veterinarian convicted earlier this year of animal cruelty for mistreating her horses was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this week and can no longer treat animals. Circuit Court Judge Wayne Durden also sentenced Gail Nichols to 10 years of probation for four animal cruelty convictions, which centered around a lack […]


State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Michael Celello was convicted of second degree murder, grand theft, and tampering with evidence. Celello, 59, faces life in prison. Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin prosecuted the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Members of the Leadership Lakeland class visited the Polk County courthouse Thursday to learn more about the justice system and the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and law enforcement. State Attorney Brian Haas answered questions from the class during a discussion after their tour of the courthouse. Mr. Haas appreciates the opportunity to speak with members of Leadership Lakeland!
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Ezekial Ortiz was arrested by Winter Haven Police Department in 2016. Assistant State Attorney Randal Daugustinis prosecuted the case.
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