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Rudy Gonzalez

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder in the First Degree

Rudy Gonzalez, 27, was found guilty by a Polk County Jury of Attempted First Degree Murder. After sending a threatening social media post about killing the victim, Gonzalez, brutally stabbed him ten times causing life threatening injuries. Luckily, the victim survived although he will be scarred for life. Gonzalez has an extensive criminal history with […]

John Aurand

Lakeland Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Sexual Battery

A Polk County Jury convicted John Aurand of two counts of sexual battery, two counts of lewd molestation, five counts of promoting sexual performance of a child and thirteen counts of child pornography. John Aurand faces life in prison when sentenced on April 10th. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney’s Ashley McCarthy, Seth […]

Joseph Mills

Cold Case Murder Prosecution Leads to Four Life Sentences for Lakeland Man

During the early morning hours of September 4th, 1981, Joseph Mills, broke into the bedroom window of Linda Slaton. Linda, 31, and her two young sons were sleeping in the residence. After sexually assaulting and murdering her, Mills escaped through the same window he entered. For the next four decades, the Lakeland Police worked to […]

State Attorney Brian Haas meets with Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia

State Attorney Brian Haas met with Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia and members of the Lakeland Police Department this week to discuss the partnership between the two agencies. These meetings take place every few months to keep lines of communication open between LPD and SAO staff. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication […]

Brian Haas Administers oath for Police Chief Association

State Attorney Brian Haas Administers oath for Polk Police Chiefs Association Annual Banquet

State Attorney Brian Haas administered the oath of office for the new Officers and Directors of the Polk Police Chiefs Association. Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia, President, Bartow Police Department Chief Bryan S. Dorman, Vice President and Chris Nelson, Executive Director for the State Attorney’s Office will serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Polk Police Chiefs […]

Robert Lincoln

Lake Placid Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

Robert Lincoln sexually molested a young girl for many years, beginning when the child was 12 years old.  Lincoln used grooming, threats and bribes to molest the child.  A Highlands County Jury convicted Lincoln of Lewd Molestation in December.  This week, Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart obtained a life sentence for Lincoln from a Highlands […]

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