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Jesse Banks

Lakeland man convicted of fatal 2017 stabbing

A Lakeland man was convicted in March of fatally stabbing his friend in the neck during an argument in 2017. Jesse Banks Jr., 69, faces up to life in prison. Jurors deliberated for 3 ½-hours before finding him guilty of second degree murder with a weapon. A sentencing date has been scheduled for May 29. […]

State Attorney Brian Haas enjoyed participating in Dr. Seuss Week at Boswell Elementary.

State Attorney Haas reads to students at Boswell Elementary

Prior to schools being closed down due to the coronavirus crisis, State  Attorney Brian Haas read to students at Clarence Boswell Elementary to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week in the Polk County School District. This was the third year in a row that we participated in this great event!  

State Attorney Brian Haas addresses retired teachers.

State Attorney Haas speaks to retired teachers about ways to prevent scams

Early last month, State Attorney Brian Haas spoke to retired Polk County Public School teachers during a meeting in Bartow about ways to prevent fraud and scams from occurring. Mr. Haas thanks the retired teachers from the Polk Education Association for inviting him.                         […]

Julio Ruiz

Man Convicted of Raping 81 Year Old Woman in her Home, Sentenced to Life in Prison

  In September 2017,  an 81 year-old Polk County woman returned home from an evening out with friends.  She called her friend and then her son to let them know she was home safe. Later that night, she was awakened by a stranger who had broken into her home. Julio Ruiz attacked and raped her, […]

Robert Bryant Jr.

Jury deliberates 20 minutes before convicting man of sexual battery

  A jury took 20 minutes Wednesday to convict a 39-year-old Lakeland man of raping a 20-year-old woman at a Lakeland home in 2016.   Robert Ray Bryant Jr., now 42, faces up to 30 years in prison following the conviction of sexual battery on a physically helpless person. Circuit Judge Michael McDaniel is scheduled […]

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