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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Marathon drug dealer faces possible long prison stretch after pleading out

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MARATHON, October 2, 2019 – A Marathon drug dealer faces a possible long stretch in Florida State Prison after pleading no contest in four felony cases against him.

On September 27 before Acting Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Ruth Becker, Enri...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Keys judge hands fraudster five-year prison term

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KEY WEST, September 24, 2019 – A Hialeah man has been sentenced to five years in Florida State Prison after failing to live within the terms of his probation for fraud.

Ronald Cordero, 27, was sentenced on September 19 by Monroe County Judge Mark...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Convicted auto burglar heads back to prison following latest break-ins

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KEY WEST, September 23, 2019 – A Key West man who has served time in prison for auto burglary is heading back after committing more break-ins.

Carlos Solis, 41, pleaded no contest on September 12 to two counts of burglary of an unoccupied structu...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

It's six-plus years behind bars for Key West drug dealer

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KEY WEST, September 20, 2019 – A Key West drug dealer has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after settling five criminal cases against him.

On September 12, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed Christopher Garcia, 36, a senten...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Miami man gets jail for bilking Keys residents in illegal contracting

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KEY WEST, September 19, 2019 – A Miami man has pleaded out to several criminal charges related to illegal building contracting in Monroe County and been sentenced to six months in jail.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed down the...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Prison for woman who stole SUV, crashed into multiple vehicles

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KEY WEST, September 18, 2019 – A Florida Keys judge has sentenced a woman to three years in Florida State Prison for stealing a vehicle from the Lower Keys, then crashing into multiple vehicles.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones senten...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Two attorneys join the State Attorney's Office in the Upper Keys

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PLANTATION KEY, September 17, 2019 – The State Attorney’s Office has welcomed two new assistant state attorneys to its ranks.

Jorge Jaile, 28, and Paul Vargo, 34, were informed September 16 that they had passed The Florida Bar exam and ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Serial thief lands in state prison for a year

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KEY WEST, September 13, 2019 – A Key West man with a history of stealing is off to Florida State Prison after pleading out in the latest case against him.

On September 10 before Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson, Terence Welch, 58, pleaded no conte...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Keys jury convicts Naples man for 43 undersized snapper

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PLANTATION KEY, August 28, 2019 – A six-person jury needed only about 30 minutes to convict a Naples man of possessing far more (and undersized) fish than allowed under law.

Humberto Hernandez, 39, was convicted on August 22 of possessing undersi...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Big Pine man who stole from his mother gets prison time

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KEY WEST, August 26, 2019 – A Big Pine Key man who violated several terms of his probation for fraud has had that probation revoked and been sent to prison.

James Collins, 25, was ordered to prison for 18 months on August 13 by Monroe County Cour...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Judge sends drug dealer back to prison for the fourth time

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KEY WEST, August 23, 2019 – A Key West man with a long criminal history is making his fourth trip to prison following his plea to several drug-related charges.

Marcus Thurston, 34, pleaded no contest August 19 to sale of cocaine, possession of he...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Habitual drunk driver given four years in state prison

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KEY WEST, August 21, 2019 – A Daytona Beach man with a history of drunk driving has been sentenced to four years in Florida State Prison for his latest conviction, this one in Monroe County.

Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Shawn Ryerson...

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Posted on: August 20, 2019

Fight, damage to bar supply lead to 30 months in prison

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KEY WEST, August 20, 2019 – A Summerland Key man is returning to Florida State Prison after pleading out to several criminal charges.

On August 8, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Nicholas Merkey, 31, to 30 months in prison ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Judge hands down 20 months to drug dealer

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KEY WEST, August 19, 2019 – A Key West man has been ordered to prison for 20 months after pleading out in two drug cases.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed down the sentence to Frederick Maurer III, 33, on August 8 after Maurer ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Man gets 3.5 years in state prison for five drug cases

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KEY WEST, August 16, 2019 – A Florida City man is off to Florida State Prison after pleading guilty to nine felony drug offenses, plus a misdemeanor, in five separate cases.

Benjamin Lawrence, 33, entered the plea August 8 before Monroe County Ci...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Keys man gets prison for battery and DUI

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KEY WEST, August 14, 2019 – A Big Pine Key man is heading to prison following his plea to battery and drunk driving-related offenses in two separate cases.

Kurt Shufelt, 52, pleaded no contest to felony battery, felony driving with a suspended license, fel...

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Illegal lobster and fish haul lands man jail time

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PLANTATION KEY, August 2, 2019 – A Miami man found with a trove of illegally caught marine life has pleaded out to several charges and been ordered to jail.

Monroe County Judge Sharon Hamilton sentenced Juan Aro, 46, to 45 days in the Monroe County Detenti...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Judge orders jail for Homestead man in lobster-dumping incident

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PLANTATION KEY, August 1, 2019 – A Homestead man’s weekend plans are set for the foreseeable future.

Javier Morales, 42, was sentenced July 29 to 60 days in the Monroe County Detention Center after a six-person jury convicted him of interfering with a cons...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Two charged in alleged illegal airport contracting scheme

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KEY WEST, July 30, 2019 – Two Stock Island residents face charges for allegedly working together so their company would get contracting work paid by Monroe County government that was authorized by one of them, then a county employee.

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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Drug dealer heads back to prison for the fourth time

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KEY WEST, July 25, 2019 – A Key West man is returning to prison for the fourth time after pleading no contest to two counts of selling cocaine.

On July 23, Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Kelly Clark, 35, to 83 months, or just under seven years, ...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Tampa man gets prison term for repeated driving violations

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KEY WEST, July 17, 2019 – A Tampa man who repeatedly drives without a valid license has been sentenced to state prison for his latest offense.

 On July 11, Jeffrey West, 53, was given 32 months by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones after...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Enjoy lobster mini-season but stay within the rules

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FLORIDA KEYS, July 16, 2019 – Florida’s two-day lobster mini-season arrives near the end of July, and those on the hunt for the savory crustaceans should know there are rules.

Those cited by law enforcement for violating the regulations can choose to fight...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Judge hands woman 17-month term in two separate cases

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KEY WEST, July 11, 2019 – A Stock Island woman has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after pleading out to six criminal charges in two separate cases.

Jerneen Green, 44, pleaded no contest on July 1 to two counts of possession of a firearm (ammunition...

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Key West man gets eight years for killing another with a punch

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KEY WEST, June 26, 2019 – A homeless Key West man who sucker-punched another man twice, killing him, has been ordered to state prison.

On June 24, Fred Hauch, 55, pleaded no contest to manslaughter in front of Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koen...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Man gets 10-plus years for wife's boating death in Key West Harbor

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KEY WEST, June 19, 2019 – A former Key West boater has been sentenced to more than a decade in Florida State Prison for causing the death of his wife, who died after she was tossed from a boat he operated while drunk.

Robert Everson, 64, pleaded no contest...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Multiple Battery Counts Lead to Prison Term

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KEY WEST, June 13, 2019 – A Key West man facing several battery counts has been ordered to state prison, closing the book on the charges against him.

Joseph Silva, 25, pleaded no contest on June 6 to all counts. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones...

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Keys Man Gets Eight Years for Injury-Causing DUI Crash

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PLANTATION KEY, June 12, 2019 – A Tavernier man who severely injured a Key Largo motorcyclist by running him down while driving drunk on U.S. 1 last year has been sentenced to eight years in Florida State Prison.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Lower Keys Car Thief Sent to Prison

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KEY WEST, June 11, 2019 – A West Virginia man has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after failing to abide by his terms of probation for stealing a car.

On June 6, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones revoked the probation of Jeremy Sanger, 36...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Key Largo Man Charged With Post-Hurricane Theft From FEMA

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PLANTATION KEY, June 7, 2019 – A Key Largo man has been charged with grand theft for allegedly bilking a federal agency out of disaster-relief money following Hurricane Irma.

Alfredo M. Latour Jr., 54, was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Key Largo Man Jailed for Illegal Contracting

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PLANTATION KEY, May 15, 2019 – A Key Largo man has been charged with illegal contracting after allegedly accepting $4,000 from a Tavernier woman for plumbing work even though he isn’t a licensed plumber.

Daniel Zumer, 61, was served with an arrest warrant ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

It's Back to Prison for a Fifth Time for Keys Drug Dealer

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KEY WEST, MAY 14, 2019 – A Key West man is heading back to Florida State Prison for the fifth time after pleading out in six criminal cases.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Delmon Washington, 41, on May 9 after Washington pleaded no ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Man Who Admits Stealing for a Living Sent to Prison

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PLANTATION KEY, March 28, 2019 – A Miami man has been sentenced to 20 months in Florida State Prison after pleading no contest to stealing bottles of wine and other items from three Publix supermarkets in the Florida Keys.

Roberto Larias-DeLeon, 59, pleade...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Repeat Probation Violations Land Dealer in Prison

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KEY WEST, April 3, 2019 – A Stock Island man is off to prison for 30 months after admitting he yet again violated his probation in a drug case.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced James Parker, 50, on March 29 in a case dating back five ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Be Responsible as Lobster Season Ends

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APRIL 1, 2019, Florida Keys -- Florida’s eight-month regular recreational and commercial lobster season ended on March 31, meaning no harvesting of lobster until the two-day mini-season arrives July 24 and 25. Then the next regular recreational and commer...

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Posted on: February 8, 2019

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