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Daryl Penney

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man convicted of lewd molestation

When Daryl Penney’s victim asked that he stop touching her sexually, he responded, “I will try not to anymore.” On a controlled phone call with law enforcement, the 15-year-old girl reminded Penney she said “no” and “stop” on multiple occasions. The girl asked him why he continued to touch her after she told him not […]

Matthew Baist, 33, of Davenport.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Child rapist receives two life sentences

Matthew Baist stood motionless as Judge Abdoney handed down two consecutive life sentences Friday. Following a jury trial Aug. 2, Baist was found guilty of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and sexual battery by a person with familial or custodial authority. As a punishment for not finishing household chores, 33-year-old Baist raped […]

Rolando Dejesus, 42, of Davenport.

JURY VERDICT: Davenport man guilty of lewd molestation

Rolando Dejesus admitted to forcing a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on him. It took less than 30 minutes Tuesday for a jury to convict Dejesus, 42, of lewd molestation. He is facing life in prison and will be sentenced on October 18. Assistant State Attorney Mattie Tondreault told jurors that Dejesus’ abuse started […]

Dameon Akins, 29, of Winter Haven.

JURY VERDICT: Winter Haven man guilty of threats to kill his ex, aggravated stalking

Dameon Akins was mad when his girlfriend broke up with him, so he hit her and threatened to kill her. “Death is in the air,” Akins said in messages to the victim. “Wherever I see you, I hope God be with you.” One of his video messages ended with 29-year-old Akins forming his hands into […]

Roger Griffin

JURY VERDICT: Habitual offender convicted of rape, faces 30 years in prison

Roger Griffin held his victim at knife point, took her to an abandoned house, and forced himself on her. After a little more than an hour of deliberation, Griffin was found guilty Thursday of sexual battery. He is a habitual offender and faces an increased sentence of up to 30 years in prison. He will […]

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson to become new SAO Executive Director

State Attorney Brian Haas announced that Auburndale Police Chief Chris Nelson will join the State Attorney’s Office as its Executive Director. When Nelson assumes the role on August 27, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. He will also oversee the budget, human resources, IT, facilities, investigations, records retention, and Child […]


State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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 Monday of first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and tampering with physical evidence. Immediately following his conviction, Judge Harb sentenced Jenkins to life in prison.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace in securing this conviction and sentence.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Haas recently visited Sandpiper Golf and Country Club to warn residents about new scams circulating and things they can do to protect their personal information. Keeping citizens informed helps keep them from becoming victims.

Thank you to Sandpipers Golf & Country Club for having us to speak at your annual meeting!
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
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 13 of sexual battery, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is facing up to 15 years in prison and will be sentenced on April 12.

We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of Assistant State Attorney Jessica Embree in securing this conviction.
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