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PLEA: Teen pleads guilty to rape of 2-year-old girl

Thomas Johnson violently raped a 2-year-old girl and hid bloody bed linens in the woods. Johnson pled no contest Thursday to sexual battery on a victim less than 12 and tampering with physical evidence. He is facing up to life in prison and has a two-day sentencing hearing scheduled for August 29 and 30. Johnson […]

Alfred Jenkins, 57, of Winter Haven.

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man guilty of murdering Lake Alfred softball coach

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 […]

Joshua Miller

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man convicted of rape, faces 15 years

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 […]

Jonathan Diaz Fundora

SENTENCING UPDATE: Man given two life sentences for sexually abusing 10-year-old

Jonathan Diaz Fundora groomed a 10-year-old Lakeland girl he met online and drove over four hours to sexually batter her. Days before Diaz Fundora was supposed to go to trial, he pled no contest to 13 charges, including sexual battery on a victim less than 12, kidnapping, traveling to meet a minor, and use of […]

Johnathan Alcegaire, 30, of Miami.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Alcegaire sentenced to death for 2016 triple homicides

Johnathan Alcegaire stood still as Judge Jalal Harb handed down three death sentences for each of the lives he claimed. Alcegaire was convicted on Sept. 27, 2018, of three counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, […]

Jerry Salter Jr.

JURY VERDICT: Tennessee man faces mandatory life for sexually abusing Polk County teen

Jerry Salter Jr. started abusing his victim at the age of five. Salter groomed the boy to perform sexual acts by using food. A jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Thursday and convicted Salter of three counts of capital sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years of age. Salter is facing mandatory life […]

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Gail Nichols, a Lakeland veterinarian, can no longer care for animals after a circuit court judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail and 10 years probation for mistreating her horses.
State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Jessica Fisher for her work on the case.
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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
National Night Out 2019
Lakeland, Florida
State Attorney Brian Haas recently joined Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia during National Night Out, an annual event that promotes unity between police and neighborhoods.
Mr. Haas and Chief Garcia talked with people at several stops, including Foxwood Village in North Lakeland, a Lakeland Flying Tigers game, and at Sandpiper in North Lakeland. The State Attorney’s Office appreciated the opportunity to team with the Lakeland Police Department to discuss crime preventative tips to residents.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Dustin Halstead began serving an 11-year sentence earlier this week. Halstead, 26, was found guilty in 2018 of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash in the 2014 death of Shelby Kenneth Shull.
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