William Vause, 27, was found guilty at trial and will serve 30 years in prison for trafficking between 200 and 400 grams of meth, possessing cocaine, possessing meth and possessing paraphernalia. Vause’s trial was the first multi-day jury trial in Citrus County since the courts shut down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Vause in March 2019 after they seized more than a pound of meth from a house where he was residing. This was the most meth ever seized by local authorities. At trial, a jury of 6 found Vause guilty and he was sentenced to 30 years in the Department of Corrections. Fifteen of the 30 years must be served as a minimum mandatory which means day-for-day, without opportunity to earn gain time.
Assistant State Attorneys Patti Diaz and Blake Shore prosecuted the case.