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Bartow Christmas Parade 2022

SAO10 Participates in Local Christmas Parades

The State Attorney’s Office was excited to participate in the Lakeland, Havendale and Bartow Christmas Parades for the first time this year. Everyone had a merry good time!

Ivan Sanders

Highlands County Man Convicted of First-Degree Murder of Four-Year-Old Girl

Ivan Sanders was found guilty and sentenced to Life in prison for First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse. Sanders was watching the victim while her mother was at work. Sanders threw the child across the room; hitting her head on the floor, causing her skull to fracture and brain to swell. Sanders delayed taking […]

Gabriel Torres-Martinez

Man Convicted and Sentenced to 30 Years Prison for Attempted Second Degree Murder

Gabriel Torres-Martinez, 34, was sentenced to 30 Years Florida State Prison. A Polk County Jury found Torres-Martinez guilty of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Tampering with a Witness. On February 13th, 2020, the victim was sitting in his girlfriend’s front yard when the defendant drove up and started a verbal altercation that soon […]

Tabitha Palmer

State Attorney Brian Haas Warns Parents of Children who play Fortnite

A Polk County, Florida 11 year-old child was victimized by a 35 year-old women from Indiana after they met playing the game Fortnite.  In late 2020, Tabitha Palmer began chatting with the child through the online game.  Palmer knew that the child was 11 years-old.  The initial conversations were fairly basic, but over time, Palmer […]

Johnvonte Bell

Bartow Man Convicted and Sentenced to 10 Years Florida State Prison

Johnvonte Bell, 33, was convicted and sentenced to Ten Years Florida State Prison for Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Two Counts of Child Abuse and multiple other charges. When the Lakeland Police Department tried to conduct a routine traffic stop Bell accelerated his vehicle nearly missing one of the LPD officer’s leg and […]

Jovan Lamb

Justice Served- Fourth Defendant, Jovan Lamb Convicted and Sentenced to Five Life Sentences

Jovan Lamb, 37, was convicted of two counts of first-degree for the fatal stabbings of a mother and daughter in Haines City in 2015. Lamb and three co-defendants robbed an Auburndale pawn shop at gunpoint on January 15th, 2015, then led police on a high-speed chase to the Chanler Ridge Subdivision where the two women […]

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