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BURNETT SENTENCED TO TWENTY YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING FENTANYL
BURNETT SENTENCED TO TWENTY YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING FENTANYL (Citrus County, FL) Today, in a brief court appearance, 27-year-old Aljuwan Malik Burnett was sentenced on charges brought against him from his 2023 arrest. As a result of his plea, Burnett was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 20 years in the Flor... Read More

LAKE COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 2021 SEXUAL BATTERY OF A CHILD
LAKE COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 2021 SEXUAL BATTERY OF A CHILD (Lake County, FL) Last week, a Lake County jury found 60-year-old Hezekiah Benjamin Jr. guilty on one count of Sexual Battery of a Victim under 18, and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child Under 16. While this case is his first con... Read More

MARACEK FOUND GUILTY OF BATTERY ON LEO AND LEO K9
MARACEK FOUND GUILTY OF BATTERY ON LEO AND LEO K9 (Citrus County, FL) After a thorough judicial process this week, 50-year-old Robert Joe Maracek has been found guilty on all charges related to a lengthy pursuit by law enforcement back in 2021. The verdict follows extensive investigation and prosecu... Read More

STATE ATTORNEY OFFICE’S EXPANDED ANIMAL TASK FORCE SERVES AS A FORCE MULTIPLIER OF JUSTICE
STATE ATTORNEY OFFICE’S EXPANDED ANIMAL TASK FORCE SERVES AS A FORCE MULTIPLIER OF JUSTICE (MARION COUNTY, Fla.) In a landmark collaboration aimed at combating animal cruelty and enhancing animal welfare, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announces the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office is joining its Animal Cr... Read More

COMINS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN 2022 CASE OF ABUSED TODDLER FOUND WANDERING
COMINS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN 2022 CASE OF ABUSED TODDLER FOUND WANDERING (Citrus County, FL) Earlier this week, 37-year-old Michael Wesley Comins Jr. pleaded guilty to Aggravated Child Abuse, Aggravated Battery, and Child Neglect. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Florida Department of Corrections, followed by an additi... Read More

KENNEDY FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED FOR SEX BATTERY OF CHILD
KENNEDY FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED FOR SEX BATTERY OF CHILD (Lake County, FL) Yesterday, February 13, 2024, in a Lake County courtroom, jurors found 35-year-old Johnny Lee Kennedy guilty of two counts of Sexual Battery upon a Person under Twelve Years of Age and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of... Read More

COX FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2022 CASE
COX FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2022 CASE (Marion County, FL) The Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announces a significant development in the case involving the shooting incident at a local store on March 25, 2022. Read More

FATHER AND SON SENTENCED TO LIFE AND 20 YEARS RESPECTIVELY FOR KIDNAPPING CASE
FATHER AND SON SENTENCED TO LIFE AND 20 YEARS RESPECTIVELY FOR KIDNAPPING CASE (Citrus County, FL) In a recent case handled by the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Eric William Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in the Florida Department of Corrections after pleading guilty for his involvement in a ser... Read More

HERNANDO COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD SEX OFFENSE CHARGES
HERNANDO COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD SEX OFFENSE CHARGES (Hernando County, FL) Yesterday, a jury found 42-year-old Christian Bert Fischer guilty of Traveling to Meet a Minor. Read More

GIAMPA SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL BATTERY
GIAMPA SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL BATTERY (Lake County, FL)- Joseph Andrew Giampa was sentenced to life in prison in a Lake County courtroom earlier today. Read More

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