Office of The State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Florida
Serving the Citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties
Office of The State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Florida
Serving the Citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties

WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF SHOOTING

(Marion County, FL) On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, after an extensive trial where the prosecution presented compelling evidence, a jury found 54-year-old Virginia Lee Hizer guilty of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. The verdict comes after Hizer took the stand in her own defense for her 2022 arrest.

DEFENDANT CONVICTED OF BATTERY AND WITNESS TAMPERING

(Marion County, FL) On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, a jury found 63-year-old Leroy Garcin Harley guilty of Battery – Second Offense, and Witness Tampering. Harley’s charges come about from his 2023 arrest by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies. After the verdict was delivered, the Honorable Judge Eddy sentenced Harley to 55 months in prison.

FELON SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING NARCOTICS AND POSSESSING A STOLEN FIREARM

(Lake County, FL) Yesterday, 45-year-old Tyrone Terrell Warren was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 30 years in the Florida Department of Corrections. Jurors found Warren guilty of Trafficking in Methamphetamine 28 grams or more, Trafficking in Phenethylamines 10 grams or more, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams. Additionally, Warren openly pleaded guilty to the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon charge.

CITRA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF CARJACKING AT GUNPOINT

(Marion County, FL) On Friday, May 17, 2024, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Brigham, a jury found 62-year-old Ronny Scott Cooper guilty of Carjacking at Gunpoint, an incident that concluded with his apprehension in Louisiana.

MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(Citrus County, FL) This past Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 55-year-old John Cleveland Downing Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections.  Downing was charged with 12 Felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography for his December 28, 2023, arrest.  

OPERATION LUCKY STRIKE DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS

(Citrus County, FL) On May 15, 2024, 41-year-old Sean Robert Mooney was sentenced to 10 years in the Florida Department of Corrections for his arrest during an undercover operation last year. Mooney was charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Unlawful Use of a Two-way Communications Device.

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR BURGLARY WITH BATTERY ON 97-YEAR-OLD WWII VETERAN

(Lake County, FL) The Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announces that 32-year-old Kevin Eugene Leeks Jr. has been found guilty of Burglary with a Battery and was sentenced to Life in prison under Florida’s Prison Releasee Reoffender law. Tuesday, May 14, 2024, jurors found Leeks guilty in relation to his arrest for the brutal battery of a 97-year-old World War II veteran.

MAN SOLICITING A CHILD FOR SEX FOUND GUILTY

(Marion County, FL) Yesterday, jurors rendered their verdict in the case against 38-year-old Andre Allen Scott, who was charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor, Soliciting a Child for Unlawful Sexual Conduct using a Computer, and Unlawful Use of a Two-way Communications Device to Facilitate a Felony. Jurors found him guilty on all charges. The Honorable Judge Brigham sentenced Scott to 12 Years in the Florida Department of Corrections, followed by 3 Years of Sex Offender Probation, and he will be designated as a Sexual Offender.

FRANK MEYER CONVICTED IN FATAL DUI CASE

(Citrus County, FL) Friday afternoon, jurors rendered their verdict in the case against 63-year-old Frank Meyer, which tragically took the life of 35-year-old Jennifer Bossert. Jurors found Meyer guilty on all three counts, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Manslaughter, Driving Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury, and Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage.

JURORS DELIVER GUILTY VERDICT IN FENTANYL TRAFFICKING CASE

(Lake County, FL) Yesterday, jurors returned a guilty verdict for 48-year-old Lamond Harp, who was charged with Trafficking Fentanyl, Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking in Fentanyl, and Unlawful Use of a Two-way Communications Device.