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Jacob Knowles

7 Life Sentences for Highlands County Man Convicted of Seven Counts of Capital Sexual Battery

A Highlands County Jury convicted Jacob Knowles of seven counts of Sexual Battery. Knowles sexually abused the young girl for several months at her home and other locations. Knowles faces life in prison when sentenced. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Courtney Lenhart and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work […]

Dwyane Rowland

Texas Man Convicted of Grand Theft by a Polk County Jury

Dwyane Rowland schemed to steal a house that was not his. The Texas man noticed that there was a man with a similar name in Polk County who owned a home. Rowland traveled here from Texas and attempted to move into the home, even employing a locksmith in an effort to get the locks changed. […]

ASA Paul Wallace Recognized for 40 Years of Service

Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace was recognized at the State Attorney’s Annual Years of Service Ceremony this year for Forty-Years of Service. Wallace, Director of the Homicide Division, is one of the most meticulous, well prepared prosecutors in the state. Wallace was selected as the Gene Barry Award winner in 2019, this is the most […]

Elijah Stansell


Polk County Man, Elijah Stansell, was Convicted by a Polk County Jury of First-Degree Murder. Stansell, along with three other co-defendants, drove to the victim’s home to confront her son. When the victim returned home, she confronted the defendant who was driving the getaway van. As he was fleeing the area, the defendant drove his […]

SAO Annual Years of Service and Law Enforcement Award Ceremony

The State Attorney’s Office held its Annual Years of Service and Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony recently, Five officers were recognized for their exemplary work on a particular case and those who went above and beyond their routine job duties in efforts to assist our office. Investigator Jason Leggett-Lakeland Police Department  Sergeant Steven Ritenour-Highlands County Sheriff’s […]

James Williams

Winter Haven Man Convicted of Second-Degree Murder

James Williams, 40, was convicted by a Polk County Jury of Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter with a Firearm, and two counts of Improper Exhibit of a Firearm. Williams, also known as “Spooky” used a firearm to shoot one victim who died at the scene and shot another victim who later died at the local hospital due […]

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