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Ezekial Ortiz

Winter Haven man, 65, sentenced to 15 years for lewd battery on a teen girl

  A 65-year-old Winter Haven man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Ezekial Ortiz was convicted as charged by a jury in September of lewd battery, transforming material harmful to minors, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery sentenced Ortiz to […]

Jose Vargas

Lakeland man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

A 39-year-old Lakeland man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in 2016 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Before the sentence, Jose Vargas, standing in an orange jumpsuit, and his lawyer, asked Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery for leniency. Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden countered that Florida statute required a sentence of life. Roddenbery […]

Humberto Cueto

Lakeland man sentenced to 25 years for molesting girl

  A 31-year-old Lakeland man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday for molesting an 11-year-old girl. Humberto Cueto pled no contest to attempted sexual battery and lewd molestation. Circuit Judge Keith Spoto sentenced Cueto to 25 years in state prison as a minimum mandatory, meaning Cueto is not eligible for any type […]

Julio Aponte

Frostproof man who robbed clerk at knifepoint sentenced to life in prison

A 33-year-old Frostproof man who robbed a Lake Wales convenience store clerk at knifepoint has been sentenced to life in prison. Julio Aponte robbed the store on Oct. 30, 2018, only 15 days after he had escaped from a halfway house at the end of a five-year federal prison sentence for possession of heroin with […]

Ismael Bragin

Georgia man convicted of trafficking meth between Atlanta and Polk County

Ismael Bragin explained to jurors that he never thought about questioning why two random people outside of Atlanta offered him money to deliver a heavy orange Nike shoe box to Davenport. Through an interpreter, Bragin, 71, of Cartersville, Ga., said he thought that men had just given him important documents to deliver to Florida. Six […]

Ray Gravitt

Man, 19, convicted of beating his mother with a baseball bat

A 19-year-old Lakeland man was convicted Thursday of severely beating his mother with an aluminum baseball bat inside their home after she told him he could no longer speak with his girlfriend. Ray Gravitt, who was 16 when he struck Kelly Rayn, was convicted of attempted first degree murder. Gravitt is expected to be sentenced […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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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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