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State Attorney Brian Haas announces Inaugural Citizens Academy

State Attorney Brian Haas announced Friday that he will be launching the Inaugural State Attorney’s Citizens Academy. “Understanding the criminal justice system is vital, as it plays an important role in all of our lives. This nine-week program was designed to give citizens in our circuit a behind-the-scenes look at the criminal justice system and […]

Karen Hughes

JURY VERDICT: Lake Wales woman convicted of trafficking meth, receives 20 years

Karen Hughes purchased of a kilogram of methamphetamine in a reverse sting and admitted she’d done it before. After about 20 minutes of deliberation, a jury found Hughes guilty Thursday of trafficking in amphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the verdict, Hughes was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Hughes has been previously convicted […]

Robert Van Den Bosch, 65, of Lakeland.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Lakeland man sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder

Robert Van Den Bosch received 25 years in prison after he followed through on threats to shoot residents in his neighborhood who were being loud. A jury found Van Den Bosch guilty Nov. 8 of attempted second-degree murder with discharge of a firearm, great bodily harm, and resisting officers without violence. He was sentenced Dec. […]

Joseph Gomes-Brandon

SENTENCING UPDATE: Winter Haven man sentenced to life for home-invasion murder

Joseph Gomes-Brandon was sentenced to life Thursday for the 2016 murder of Tyler Macklin. A jury found Gomes-Brandon guilty in November of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, burglary, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Macklin was at home on the phone with his friend when two men broke into his house, robbed him, and shot […]

Jose Baez-Ortiz,

JURY VERDICT: School janitor guilty of lewd conduct on 6-year-old student

Jose Baez-Ortiz admitted he had an urge to touch a 6-year-old girl like a woman. After about an hour of deliberation, jurors convicted Baez-Ortiz Nov. 15 of lewd conduct. He is facing 15 years in prison and will be sentenced Jan. 11. Assistant State Attorney Lauren Randall told jurors that the principal of the school […]

Robert Van Den Bosch, 65, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man guilty of attempted second-degree murder, faces life

Robert Van Den Bosch had been making threats to shoot someone because residents in his neighborhood were being loud. Van Den Bosch testified that he’d reached a boiling point on the evening of Sept. 1, 2017. So when Morris Parker drug his trash can to the dumpster, Van Den Bosch followed and shot him in […]

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