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Roy and Ruby Stephens

Conviction and Life Sentence for Baby Murderer Upheld

Roy and Ruby Stephens traveled from Indiana to Florida with their family, including a 22-day old infant.  Upon their arrival in Lakeland, authorities discovered that the baby had died as a result of starvation.  Both Roy and Ruby Stephens were convicted of first-degree murder of the baby and sentenced to life in prison.  Roy Stephens […]

Julio Don Juan

Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Julio Don Juan, 36, was found guilty by a Polk County Jury in December, of two counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin. The street value of the heroin involved in this case exceeded tens of thousands of dollars. Julio admitted to arranging the drop off of 1 kilogram of heroin on […]

Tyrell Alford

Lakeland Man Found Guilty and Sentenced for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree after second trial.

  Tyrell Ricardo Alford was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on April 13, 2019, for Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. On June 3, 2020, the Second District Court of Appeals mandated Alford to receive a new trial. Alfred was again […]

Vincente Oyola

Man Convicted of Multiple Counts of Driving Under the Influence

Vincente Oyola, 34, was found guilty by a Polk County jury on November 3rd, 2021, of two counts of Driving Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury, two counts of Driving Under the Influence and one count of Driving on a Suspended License. In December of 2018, Oyola was driving on Interstate 4 in Polk […]

State Attorney Brian Haas

Enrollment Opens for Second Annual SAO Citizens Academy

  The State Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for the second annual Citizens Academy. The seven-week program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday starting November 2nd in the Bartow courthouse. The Academy gives residents in the 10th Circuit an opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice system. Citizens will hear […]

Breonna Wren

Lakeland Woman Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder of Six-Year-Old Child

In what is considered one of the worst cases of child abuse in Polk County in many years, a jury convicted Breonna Wren of first degree murder of her boyfriend’s six-year-old child.  Wren severely beat the child back in 2018 while the child was visiting her father. The child suffered more than 37 separate injuries, […]

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