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Forest High School Shooter Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison
Forest High School Shooter Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison Sky Bouche, the former student who opened fire at Forest High School in Ocala, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, with an additional 30 years of probation. In April of 2018, Bouche entered Forest High School with a tactical vest, gloves, and ... Read More

Estranged Husband and Father-in-Law of Nicole Montalvo Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder
Estranged Husband and Father-in-Law of Nicole Montalvo Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder Christopher Otero-Rivera and Angel Luis Rivera were found guilty of second-degree murder for killing and dismembering Nicole Montalvo. Both men face up to life in prison. Nicole Montalvo’s estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and fathe... Read More

Co-Defendants Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking
Co-Defendants Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking Devona Ruiz, 43, and Eric Pazian, 29, have been sentenced to 35 years in prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl, and other drug-related charges. The defendants were tried separately and found guilty by two Citrus County juries. In March 2020 Cit... Read More

Vampire Killer’s Life Sentence Affirmed
Vampire Killer’s Life Sentence Affirmed The Fifth District Court of Appeal issued an opinion this week affirming the sentence of renowned killer, Rodrick Ferrell, commonly known as the “Vampire Killer.” Ferrell appealed his life sentence following the 2016 U.S. Supreme Co... Read More

Employees Collect Items in Honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Employees Collect Items in Honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition of these important issues, the Special Victims Unit in our Marion County office is collecting items to donate to Kimberly’s Center for Ch... Read More

Grand Jury Indictments Announced in Lake County
Grand Jury Indictments Announced in Lake County State Attorney Bill Gladson announces two indictments by the Lake County Grand Jury. 1) Defendant Kolby Allen Parker has been indicted on the following charges: Count I: Murder in the First Degree – Premeditated Count II: Battery on a Law En... Read More

25 Years in Prison Plus Lifetime Probation for Sexual Predator
25 Years in Prison Plus Lifetime Probation for Sexual Predator Lawrence Hunt, 46, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a child. Hunt abused the child over an eight-year period, beginning when the child was just 4 years old. January of last year, Citrus County Sheriff’s ... Read More

30 Years in Prison for Citrus County Drug Trafficker
30 Years in Prison for Citrus County Drug Trafficker 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... Read More

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24 The week of April 18-24 the Office of the State Attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit will join organizations across the country to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This week is a time to renew our commitment to serving all vict... Read More

Jury Trials Commence Across the Fifth Judicial Circuit
Jury Trials Commence Across the Fifth Judicial Circuit This week, jury trials have commenced in Lake, Hernando and Sumter counties after nearly a year hiatus. Jury trials are expected to commence in Marion County next week, and Citrus County the week of March 15th. The decision was made after the countie... Read More

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