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Assistant State Attorney Ralph Guerra holds up a photo of the child detectives used on the online dating site. Hawkins was found guilty as charged.

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man guilty of attempted lewd battery on a child

When Bentley Hawkins found out that the person he planned to have sex with was only 14, it didn’t deter him from attempting to meet with the child. But upon arriving at the child’s address, Hawkins was arrested by law enforcement in an undercover sting to identify those who wish to exploit children. A jury […]

Shawn Tucci

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man convicted of aggravated child abuse for beating 11-month-old

Shawn Tucci testified that he didn’t think it was important to call his girlfriend and tell her that her child was bleeding from his head. He claimed he fell with the baby, whose significant injuries included a bite mark, while Tucci walked away with no injuries. After about four hours of deliberation, a jury found […]

Davey Lewis

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man convicted of lewd molestation receives three life sentences

When Davey Lewis was confronted with the details of how he sexually abused an 11-year-old girl, he broke down crying and said he was sorry. After two hours of deliberation, jurors found Lewis guilty Wednesday of lewd molestation, sexual battery on a person less than 12, and attempted sexual battery on a person less than […]

Assistant State Attorney Nicole Donnell addresses jurors during closing arguments Tuesday. Green was found guilty of possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church with intent to sell and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man guilty of selling cocaine near church

Jonathan Green willingly told law enforcement he sells cocaine. “I know why you are here,” Green said, when officers showed up at his home in December. “I don’t have a job, and I’m selling drugs because I don’t have much money. After about 30 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Green guilty Tuesday of possession […]

Assistant State Attorney Aaron Henry addresses jurors during closing arguments Tuesday. Childs was found guilty as charged and faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man guilty of shooting into vehicle

When Mark Childs saw his ex in a vehicle with a childhood friend, he confronted his friend, punched him through the driver’s window, and fired a handgun into the vehicle. Jurors deliberated just under two hours Tuesday before finding Childs guilty as charged of burglary with assault or battery, criminal mischief, shooting into an occupied […]

Joseph Gomes-Brandon

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man convicted of home-invasion murder

Tyler Macklin was at home on the phone with his friend when two men broke into his house, robbed him, and shot him in the head. After five hours of deliberation Friday, jurors found Joseph Gomes-Brandon guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, burglary, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is facing life […]

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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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Alfred Jenkins was fired from his job and arrested for grand theft, and he held Terry Yelvington personally responsible.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 11, 2015, Jenkins drove to Yelvington’s home in Lake Alfred, shot him in the head, and stole his wallet.

After two days of deliberation, a jury convicted Jenkins on Monday of first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and tampering with physical evidence. Immediately following his conviction, Judge Harb sentenced Jenkins to life in prison.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace in securing this conviction and sentence.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Haas recently visited Sandpiper Golf and Country Club to warn residents about new scams circulating and things they can do to protect their personal information. Keeping citizens informed helps keep them from becoming victims.

Thank you to Sandpipers Golf & Country Club for having us to speak at your annual meeting!
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Joshua Miller’s victim woke up to him pulling her clothes off.

The victim tried to push Miller off of her and told him to stop, but he refused. Miller then climbed on top of her and forced her to have sex with him.

After about 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury convicted Miller on March 13 of sexual battery, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is facing up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced on April 12.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Jessica Embree in securing this conviction.
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