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Freddie Washington

Highlands County Jury Convicts Washington of First Degree Murder

State Attorney Brian Haas announced the conviction of Freddie Washington for first degree murder with a firearm, robbery, aggravated assault and tampering with physical evidence. Washington was convicted by a Highlands County Jury in the October 9, 2016, murder of Aaron Hankerson.  The jury took four and a half hours of deliberations to reach the […]

Gerard Dixon

JURY VERDICT: Auburndale man guilty of raping girl, recording the act

Gerard Dixon raped a 5-year-old girl and recorded the entire incident on his cell phone. After about two hours of deliberation on May 15, a jury convicted Dixon of two counts of sexual battery on a victim less than 12. He is facing mandatory life and will be sentenced on June 28. Assistant State Attorney […]

Jerry Salter Jr.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Tennessee Man receives mandatory life for sexually abusing Polk teen

Before a life sentence was handed down to Jerry Salter Jr., Judge William Sites voiced some of his thoughts regarding the trial and conviction. At Salter’s sentencing hearing on May 17, Sites told Salter that while he was polite and handled himself well throughout the proceedings, it didn’t make him “any less of a monster.” […]

Victor Manns

JURY VERDICT: Bartow man convicted of 2016 murder, is sentenced to life

When Blake Fitez met Victor Manns Jr. to sell him an iPhone, he had no way of knowing the interaction would end in his friend’s murder. Jurors deliberated about two hours on April 24 before finding Manns guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, burglary with a firearm, and unlawful use of a two-way […]

Joshua Miller

SENTENCING UPDATE: Winter Haven man gets 15 years for rape

Joshua Miller’s victim asked the judge to sentence her rapist to the maximum amount of prison time allowed by law. At Miller’s sentencing hearing on April 18, Judge Neil Roddenbery did just that in handing down a 15-year prison sentence. Miller was convicted by a jury of sexual battery, possession of cannabis, and possession of […]

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 […]

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Ray Gravitt was 16-years-old when he repeatedly struck his mother with an aluminum bat while she was sitting on the couch watching television. Gravitt, convicted of attempted first degree murder, will be sentenced on Nov. 8.
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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Jose Vargas faces a life sentence after jurors found him guilty on Thursday. Assistant State Attorney Courtney Durden prosecuted the case.
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State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Jurors found Vincent Moccia, 27, guilty today of first-degree murder in the fatal beating of his father with a ball-peen hammer in November, 2015.
After the verdict, Circuit Judge Jalal Harb sentenced Moccia, of Lakeland, to life in prison. Assistant State Attorneys Jaenea Gorman and Bonde Johnson prosecuted the case.
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