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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 […]

Dustin Halstead

Judge orders Lakeland man to begin serving sentence following appeals court decision

  A 26-year-old Lakeland man convicted of killing a construction worker in a hit-and-run crash on South Florida Avenue was sent to prison Tuesday days after an appeals court ruled against him. Dustin Halstead was found guilty of vehicular homicide in 2018, but Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney, spurred by the 2nd District Court of Appeals, […]

Assistant State Attorney Monica Smith

Superhero-loving prosecutor fights for justice

  Monica Smith was 16 credit hours short of receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology when she dropped out, took the LSAT and enrolled in Florida Coastal School of Law. Smith had learned much during training for family custody disputes and ways to evaluate sex offenders, but she faced tedious therapy classes to earn a […]


State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Joshua Imhoff, 34, was convicted in November after jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes. Imhoff fired at deputies after a high-speed chase in North Lakeland.
Assistant State Attorney Seth Solomon prosecuted the case.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
DeAndre Coffer killed his girlfriend after he became angry with her while she read to his 3-year-old son. “He strangled her unconscious then continued to beat her,” Assistant State Attorney Bonde Johnson said. “This was a forceful strangulation that lasted two to three minutes.”
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
During the trial Assistant State Attorney Monica Smith explained to jurors how Villanueva-Rosado texted and sent lewd pictures of himself to a teenager’s cell phone. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney listened to Villanueva-Rosado, then sentenced him to five years in prison, the maximum allowed by law, as requested by the State Attorney’s Office.
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