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State Attorney honors LWPD Detective David Hernandez

In keeping with the tradition set by State Attorney Brian Haas last year, three law enforcement officers were honored at our annual awards ceremony. These exceptional officers were recognized because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our community this past year. “We are blessed in the tenth circuit to […]

State Attorney honors LPD Detective Timothy McDonald

In keeping with the tradition set by State Attorney Brian Haas last year, three law enforcement officers were honored at our annual awards ceremony. These exceptional officers were recognized because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve our community this past year. “We are blessed in the tenth circuit to […]

State Attorney seeking death against Highlands man who murdered deputy

A Highlands County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Ables, 69, of Lake Placid, Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ables was arrested May 6 and was charged with the fatal shooting of Highlands County Deputy William J. Gentry two days later. Following […]

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales man who shot at helicopter, stole three vehicles to receive life

Wesley Grace led law enforcement on a three-day manhunt from Lake Wales to Haines City before he was finally apprehended. Grace fired five rounds at a Sheriff’s Office helicopter, stole three vehicles, assaulted three people, burglarized a home, and led law enforcement on a high speed chase, racking up more than 10 charges. After a […]

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of attempted lewd battery, transmitting harmful material to a minor

When Eric Norris found an ad on Craigslist about a sexual encounter with a minor, he promptly replied: “I am interested.” For three days, Norris had non-stop graphic discussions about what he would do to the 12-year-old girl. He also sent explicit photos of himself. On May 19, 2017, Norris drove from Jacksonville to a […]

SENTENCING UPDATE: Bennett sentenced to life after being convicted of attempted murder

When Derek Maude got into the car with Kaheem Bennett, he had no way of knowing he would be robbed, kidnapped, and paralyzed from a gunshot wound that severed his spinal cord. On Jan. 25, 2015, Bennett and two others violently beat Maude before unlocking the doors of the car they had him trapped in. […]

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The Boys and Girls Club recently visited the courthouse! 🏛

State Attorney Brian Haas spoke to the students and discussed the importance of staying on the right track. He also gave them ideas for ... See more

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JURY VERDICT: Poinciana man convicted of sexual battery, possession of child porn

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her.

After 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Bracero-Reyes June 20 of two counts of sexual battery with ... See more

Jason Bracero-Reyes sexually battered a 12-year-old girl and filmed nude videos of her. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced August 3.

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Man gets life sentence for brutal 2017 murder

We are grateful for the hard work of Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin in securing Richard Strickland’s conviction and sentence.

Judge Peter Estrada addressed Strickland at Wednesday’s ... See more

AVON PARK -- Judge Peter Estrada on Wednesday, June 27, sentenced 51-year-old Richard Conway Strickland III to spend the rest of his life in prison for the brutal murder of his roommate last year in ... See more

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