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The Villages Criminal Defense Attorney :: Burglaries Increase Sumter County Crime by 25 Percent

December 11, 2012 Posted in Burglary, Criminal Defense, The Villages News

The increased number of burglaries at construction sites in Sumter County has boosted the crime rate in the county by 25.3 percent during the first six months of this year. While nonviolent offenses,...

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The Villages Sex Crimes Defense Attorney :: Tavares Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Undercover Child Sex Sting

December 4, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, The Villages News

A 23-year-old Tavares man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last month after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Court documents...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Two Store Clerks Nabbed in Sumter County Alcohol Sting

October 15, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, The Villages News

Two store clerks were arrested off warrants earlier this month for allegedly selling alcohol to a minor stemming from a sting conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office to keep teens away from...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Water Bottle Left at Crime Scene Links Wildwood Man to Multiple Burglaries

October 5, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, The Villages News, Theft

A 23-year-old Wildwood man was taken into custody this week after alleged DNA evidence linked him to several burglaries at a Wildwood storage facility on April 24. The man is accused of breaking into...

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The Villages Sex Crimes Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Man Receives 20 Years for Distributing Child Porn and Child Molestation

September 17, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, The Villages News

A 30-year-old Wildwood man was recently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. He allegedly mentioned in an Internet chat that he was molesting a three-year-old...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton :: Two Teens Charged in Robbery and Beating of Wildwood Man

August 6, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, Firearms and Weapons Charges, The Villages News

Wildwood police arrested two teens Tuesday for allegedly beating a man during a robbery attempt and barging into an occupied home to hide. Police apparently responded to the disturbance around noon...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Juror Misconduct Leads to Mistrial of Man Accused of First-Degree Murder

June 21, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, Jury Misconduct, Murder, The Villages News

Juror misconduct has resulted in the mistrial of a man accused of shooting an Inverness man on the dance floor of an illegal after-hours club in Wildwood. The mistrial was asked for by the man’s...

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The Villages Sex Crimes Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Sumter Man Held without Bond Following Child Rape Accusations

April 25, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, The Villages News

A 67-year-old Sumterville man has been denied bail after being accused of repeatedly raping a child since she was in the 4th grade. The alleged assaults were discovered by a woman who went to check...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Fruitland Park Man Dodges Criminal Charges under Castle Doctrine

April 3, 2012 Posted in Criminal Defense, The Villages News

On June 20 a Fruitland Park man killed a 26-year-old man and convicted felon with a 20-gauge shotgun following a confrontation at his home. Prosecutors recently decided the act was justified. The...

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The Villages Criminal Defense Lawyers Whittel & Melton :: Wildwood Man Accused of Firing Weapon in Drive-By Shooting

March 22, 2012 Posted in Assault & Battery, Criminal Defense, Firearms and Weapons Charges, The Villages News

A 27-year-old Wildwood, Florida man is accused of firing a weapon at three people in a drive-by shooting that occurred last week. Reports indicate that no one was injured. The man apparently has...

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