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Grand Jury Indictment Announced in Mount Dora Double Homicide
Grand Jury Indictment Announced in Mount Dora Double Homicide State Attorney’s Office announces the indictment of Vickie Lynn Williams on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of grand theft.   Darryl and Sharon Getman were found murdered in their home in Mt. Dora on December 31, 2022. A ... Read More

Death Penalty Recommendation for Man Who Admitted to Killing his Wife and Four Children
Death Penalty Recommendation for Man Who Admitted to Killing his Wife and Four Children A Marion County jury has unanimously recommended that Michael Wayne Jones, the man who admitted killing his wife and four children in 2019, should be sentenced to death. The nine men and three women announced the recommendation just shy of five hours... Read More

Fifth Judicial Circuit Establishes Animal Cruelty Task Force
Fifth Judicial Circuit Establishes Animal Cruelty Task Force OCALA, FL – State Attorney Bill Gladson has established an Animal Cruelty Task Force for Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Lake, and Sumter counties. The goal of the task force is for law enforcement, animal services, and other animal protection organi... Read More

Life in Prison After Guilty Verdict for Sexual Battery
Life in Prison After Guilty Verdict for Sexual Battery Arnez Ali was found guilty of Sexual Battery by Familial or Custodial Authority on a child over 12 and less than 18. Ali was found guilty by a Hernando County jury in less than 15 minutes. He was sentenced to life in prison on December 21, 2022. Thi... Read More

Guilty Verdict for Third-Degree Murder Trial
Guilty Verdict for Third-Degree Murder Trial Anthony Nepoleon Brown was found guilty at trial of Third-Degree Murder, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death, Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement Causing Death, Driving While License Suspended, Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence, an... Read More

Life in Prison for Habitual Violent Felony Offender
Life in Prison for Habitual Violent Felony Offender Joshua Lusby was found guilty at trial of Second-Degree Murder on June 10, 2022, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon on October 21, 2022, in Sumter County. He has been sentenced to life in prison.   In 2015, Lusby and another individual app... Read More

Consecutive Life Sentences for First Degree Murder and Armed Burglary
Consecutive Life Sentences for First Degree Murder and Armed Burglary Valentine Russ, 76, was found guilty by a Hernando County jury of First-Degree Murder and Armed Burglary for shooting his son to death.  He was sentenced to consecutive life sentences. At a sentencing hearing, Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis ... Read More

Sheriff’s Office Conducts Largest Fentanyl Bust in Lake County History
Sheriff’s Office Conducts Largest Fentanyl Bust in Lake County History Lake County Sheriff’s Office undercover narcotics detectives, in collaboration with multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies, recently wrapped up a four-month investigation that targeted high-level traffickers of dangerous drugs oper... Read More

ASA Janine Nixon graduates from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program
ASA Janine Nixon graduates from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program On May 27, 2022, Assistant State Attorney Janine Nixon graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Senior Leadership Program. The goal of the Senior Leadership Program is to prepare Florida’s criminal justice leader... Read More

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 24-30, 2022 the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office joined organizations across the country to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. It is a time to renew our commitment to serving all victims of crime and to rem... Read More

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