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State Attorney Brian Haas presents Pete Mislovic with a plaque during a retirement party..

Mislovic, mentor to many, retires after nearly 30 years

After nearly 30 years, Pete Mislovic has hung up the Ohio State lanyard. But Mislovic, 67, will leave a legacy of mentoring and encouraging young, up and coming lawyers into successful prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys. “Pete has been such an important part of our team for many years,” State Attorney Brian Haas said.  “We […]

Michael Celello

Man sentenced to life for fatally shooting roommate, dumping body in Everglades

The Sebring man who fatally shot his roommate then dumped the man’s body in the Everglades was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. Michael Celello, 59, was sentenced for the charge of second degree murder with a firearm. Circuit Judge Peter Estrada also sentenced Celello to a total of 13 years in prison for […]

Lakeland man sentenced to 40 years for fatal stabbing

A Lakeland man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for fatally stabbing a man then threatening to kill a witness if she told anyone about the stabbing. Circuit Judge William “Bill” Sites sentenced Ronald Wagoner, 29, to 30 years for manslaughter followed by 10 years for tampering with a witness. The sentences […]

Steven Lane

Lakeland man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting boy

A 43-year-old Lakeland man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 2018. Before Steven Lane was sentenced, Circuit Judge William Sites told the defendant that the case was one of the most heartbreaking he’s seen. “Sitting through this trial was one of the most soul crushing things I’ve […]

Jerald Dixon

Lakeland man convicted of raping woman at gunpoint in her home

A Lakeland man has been convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint in her home in 2017. Jerald Dixon, 26, faces life in prison after jurors deliberated for 30 minutes before finding him guilty of sexual battery. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney is scheduled to sentence Dixon on Jan. 24. At 5 a.m. on June 18, […]

Joshua Imhoff

Lakeland man who fired at 7 deputies sentenced to life in prison

A Lakeland man who fired gunshots at seven Polk County Sheriff’s deputies after a high-speed chase in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Joshua Imhoff received the life sentence for the charges of seven counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. In addition, Circuit Judge Keith Spoto sentenced Imhoff to five […]

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