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Julio Aponte

Frostproof man convicted of robbing man in restaurant with flare gun

  A Frostproof man was convicted Wednesday of robbery.   Wearing a mask over his face, Julio Aponte, 33, used a flare gun to rob two people in the La Botana restaurant food store in Lake Wales. Jurors took 30 minutes to convict Aponte of robbery with a weapon, attempted robbery with a weapon, and […]

Julio Ruiz

Haines City man convicted in rape of 81-year-old woman in her home

  A 45-year-old Haines City man was convicted today of breaking into an 81-year-old woman’s home and sexually assaulting her in 2017. Julio Alfredo Ruiz faces life in prison after jurors found him guilty of sexual battery and burglary with assault. Jurors deliberated for three hours. Circuit Judge Wayne Durden is scheduled to sentence Ruiz […]

Jerald Dixon

Lakeland man sentenced to 30 years for raping woman at gunpoint

A Lakeland man was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a woman at gunpoint in her Lakeland home in 2017. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney also designated Jerald Dixon, Jr., 27, a sexual predator and ordered him to serve 10 years of probation when he is released. Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Swenson read […]

Misael Garcia-Sterling

Man convicted of trafficking cocaine in Davenport

  A man from Puerto Rico has been convicted of trafficking $35,000 worth of cocaine during a drug deal at Posner Park in Davenport in 2017. Misael Garcia-Sterling, 24, faces up to 30 years in prison after jurors found him guilty of trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine and resisting arrest . Jurors deliberated […]

Aaron Delaune

Gang member who fired shots at family in SUV convicted of attempted manslaughter

  A gang member who fired gunshots into an SUV traveling on Havendale Boulevard with a family of four inside has been convicted of attempted manslaughter.   The family, which included 11-year-old twins, were traveling in September, 2018, to a birthday party at a nearby park. No one was injured, but two bullet holes were […]

Demetri Graham

Dad who punched youth football coach sentenced to 9 months in jail

A father who punched his 9-year-old son’s football coach in the face after the team lost a game in North Lakeland in 2019 was sentenced last week to 270 days in jail and 12 months of probation. The punch Demetri Graham threw as children watched caused William Roberti to receive 27 stitches to his lip. […]

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