Florida Jury Verdicts, Settlements and Court Decisions
 

United States of America v. Sri Kajamukam Chelliah, aka Mohan, aka Richie

Miami, Florida human smuggling conspiracy charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Sri Kajamukam Chelliah, aka Mohan, a/k/a Richie, who was charged with his role in a scheme to smuggle aliens from Sri Lanka through the Caribbean and into the United States.

Sri Kajamukam Chelliah, aka Mohan, aka Richie, 55, of Sri Lanka, admitted to conspiring with others to facilitate the tra... More...
   $0 (02-25-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Torrey Tythoneus White

Gainesville, Florida drug trafficking criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Torrey Tythoneus White, of High Springs, Florida, who was charged with drug trafficking and firearm felonies.

White, a member of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang, was the leader of a drug-trafficking organization responsible for distributing crack cocaine in High Springs, Florida. On several occa... More...
   $0 (02-13-2021 - FL)

Anthony Competelli v. Oleksandr Tkachenko and A&T Transportation

Tampa, Florida truck wreck personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff, Anthony Competelli, who sued Oleksandr Tkachenko and A&T Transportation on personal injury, auto negligence and respondeat superior theories claiming to have suffered more than $75,000 in injuries and/or damages in a truck wreck caused by Oleksandr Tkachenko.

This case was filed in the Pinellas County, 20-002227-CI, ... More...
   $1 (02-12-2021 - fl)

United States of America v. Bretton Howard Osborn

Fort Myers, Florida cyber stalking defendant charged with cyberstalking.

Bretton Howard Osborne (29, Punta Gorda) was charged with cyberstalking stalking and conspiracy to commit stalking.

Osborne’s co-defendant, Ian Douglas McGuire (30, Port Charlotte), was previously sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for the same offenses. Osborne and McGuire have also been ordered to p... More...
   $0 (02-13-2021 - FL)

Jonathan D. Pio v. Rutwick D. Patel and JDA Partners Technical Services Group, LLC

Fort Lauderdale, Florida car truck wreck personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff, Jonathan D. Pio, who sued Rutwick D. Patel and JDA Partners Technical Services Group, LLC on personal injury, auto negligence and respondeat superior theories claiming to have suffered more than $75,000 in injuries and/or damages as a direct result of an accident caused by Patel. ... More...   $1 (02-10-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Kelly Wolfe

Tampa, Florida fraud charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Kelly Wolfe, of of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and filing a false tax return.

According to court documents, Wolfe and her conspirators used Regency to establish dozens of DME supply companies — or, rather, DME fronts — using trickery and deception. The... More...
   $0 (02-05-2021 - FL)

David Powers v. Texas Roadhouse Holdings, LLC

Gainesville, Florida slip and fall personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff, David Powers, who sued the Texas Roadhouse Holdings, LLC on a premises liability negligence theory claiming to have been suffered $15,000 in damages and/or injuries in an accident at Defendant's restaurant.

This case was filed in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, Alachua County, Florida, 2019-CA-32193, and w... More...
   $1 (01-31-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Carlos Linares

Pensacola, Florida drug trafficking criminal defense lawyer represented Defendeant, Carlos Linares, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and over 100 grams of heroin.

Linares, 27, was stopped on July 30, 2020, by the Florida Highway Patrol while traveling east on Interstate 10 in Santa Rosa County. During the traffic stop, a canine ... More...
   $0 (01-31-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Raymond Lee Kelly

Orlando, Florida felony firearm criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Raymond Lee Kelly, ate 53, who was charged with being a felony in possession of a firearm.

Kelly, a convicted felon, fled from a traffic stop in Cocoa Beach—first in a car that he crashed shortly after fleeing—then on foot toward the beach. As he fled, he left behind cannabis, a digital scale, a Ruger semi-... More...
   $0 (01-31-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Armengol Alfonso Cevallos Diaz

Miami, Florida money laundering charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Armengol Alfonso Cevallos Diaz, age 58, who was charged with bribery and money laundering scheme that funneled bribes to then-public officials of Empresa Pública de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador (PetroEcuador), the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Ecuador.

According to his plea, Armengol Alfo... More...
   $0 (01-28-2021 - FL)

Daniel Jacob Craven, Jr. v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Daniel Jacob Craven, Jr. with a appealing his conviction for first-degree murder and his sentence of death.



While serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for a
conviction of first-degree murder with a weapon, Craven stabbed his cellmate,
Jo... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

Jonathan Huey Lawrence v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Jonathan Huey Lawrence with appealing his sentence of death for the 1998 firs tdegree murder of Jennifer Robinson that was imposed in a 2018 resentencing proceedings .



In 2000, Lawrence pleaded guilty to principal to the first-degree murder of
Robinson, conspiracy t... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

Duane Eugene Owen v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Duane Eugene Owen with appealing an order of the circuit court denying his successive motion to vacate his sentence of death.



In 1984, Owen forcibly entered a home in which fourteen-year-old Karen
Slattery was babysitting two young children, stabbed Slattery to death... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

Robert Craft v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Robert Craft with first-degree murder and his sentence of death.




On May 16, 2018, Craft strangled and beat to death Darren W. Shira in the
cell they shared at Columbia Correctional Institution. Following Shira’s murder,
Craft confessed multiple times, i... More...
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State of Florida v. Bessman Okafor

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Bessman Okafor with a first-degree premeditated murder charge.




In 2015, a jury found Bessman Okafor guilty of first-degree premeditated
murder for the killing of Alex Zaldivar. The jury also found Okafor guilty of
attempted first-degree murder and armed b... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

State of Florida v. Michael James Jackson

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Michael James Jackson with robbery, kidnapping and murder charges.




Hurst and Poole
In Hurst, this Court on remand from Hurst v. Florida, 577 U.S. 92 (2016),
held
that before the trial judge may consider imposing a sentence of death,
the jury in a c... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

James Terry Colley, Jr. v. State of Florida

- Criminal defense attorney represented James Terry Colley, Jr. with appealing two first-degree murder convictions and two corresponding sentences of death.




I. Guilt Phase
The jury in this case found Colley guilty of murdering his estranged wife,
Amanda Cloaninger Colley, and Amanda’s friend Lindy Dobbins. A... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

Gerhard Hojan v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Gerhard Hojan with appealing two sentences of death imposed during a resentencing that this Court ordered as a result of Hurst1 error. .



The evidence presented at Hojan’s 2003 trial established that, at
approximately 4 a.m. on the morning of March 11, 2002, Hojan ... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

State of Florida v. Jose Maisonet-Maldonado

- Criminal defense attorney represented Jose Maisonet-Maldonado with one count of first-degree murder with a weapon for the murder of Ms. Alvelo, three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer causing serious injury or death, and two counts of vehicular homicide> charges.



In 2010, Jose Maisonet-Mald... More...
   $0 (01-24-2021 - FL)

State of Florida v. Elizabeth Francis Marsh a/k/a Elizabeth Frances Marsh

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Elizabeth Francis Marsh with arguing that dual convictions for DUI with serious bodily injury and DWLS with serious bodily injury as to the same victim were prohibited by double jeopardy principles..



In State v. Maisonet-Maldonado, No. SC19-1947, slip op. at 12 (Fla. Dec... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

Jonathan Huey Lawrence v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Carlos Lorenzo Jackson with a writ of mandamus.



This case is before the Court on the petition of Carlos Lorenzo Jackson for a
writ of mandamus. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(8), Fla. Const. By
order dated September 22, 2020, we denied Jackson’s pe... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

Joel Dale Wright v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Joel Dale Wright with appealing an order of the circuit court denying his successive postconviction motion filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851.



In 1983, Wright was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery,
burglary of a dwelling, and se... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

COLLEEN CUMMINGS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Colleen Cummings with an aggravated battery charge.



We will briefly recount the pertinent events as they were relayed during
the evidentiary hearing below. On the evening of November 9, 2018, Mr. Blankenship,
a fifty-eight-year-old retiree with several health proble... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

JERRY THOMAS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Jerry Thomas with appealing the denial of his motion for postconviction relief.



Jerry Thomas appeals the denial of his motion for postconviction relief
filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850, contending that the
postconviction court erred when it... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

Jason Trevon Wharton vs State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Jason Trevon Wharton with a appealing his judgment and sentence for burglary of a dwelling with a battery.



Wharton argues that the trial court erred when it denied his motion for a mistrial based on
the State’s violation of Haliburton v. State, 561 So. 2d 248 (Fla.... More...
   $0 (01-23-2021 - FL)

JOEL MCFARLANE vs THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Miami, FL - Joel McFarlane, in proper person, appeals an order denying post-conviction relief under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 following an evidentiary hearing. .





The crimes for which McFarlane was convicted were perpetrated in 1981.
McFarlane was arrested in 2013 after a DNA hit from the victim’... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

CITY OF OPA-LOCKA, FLORIDA, etc., vs GEORGE SUAREZ, et al.

Miami, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented The City of Opa-Locka with appealing from a non-final order granting the Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification and denying the City’s motion to strike class
allegations.



This appeal from a class action certification arises out of the City’s decadelong policy an... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

MARK METELLUS vs STATE OF FLORIDA

West Palm Beach, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Mark Marion Metellus with appealing his convictions and sentences for possession of over 20 grams of cannabis charge.



Appellant was charged with possession with intent to sell cannabis over
20 grams and proceeded to a jury trial. The jury returned a verdict ofMore...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

THE STATE OF FLORIDA vs EFREN YERO

Miami, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Efren Yero with moving to dismiss the instant appeal, claiming that the January 30, 2019 order is not one of the enumerated appealable orders set forth in section 924.07(1) of the Florida Statutes (2019) and Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.140(c)(1). .



The State does n... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

DONTRELL POSEY vs THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Miami, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Dontrell Posey with a second-degree murder and kidnapping, both involving the discharge of a firearm, and the trial court sentenced Posey to a term of life in prison..



On November 29, 2015, Posey allegedly abducted Omarr Wallace from the
front of a Miami convenience st... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

KENNETH JAMES KEGLER vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Kenneth James Kegler with appealing an order revoking his community control and the resulting sentences in two circuit court cases, one for felony petit theft and one for grand thef.



After Kegler entered a guilty plea in the two circuit court cases on May 20,
2019, the... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

TERRY JOSEPH GIBSON vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Lakeland, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Terry Gibson with the illegal taking of a deer, armed trespass, attaching a tag not assigned, driving while license suspended, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia charge.



Terry Gibson trespassed on private property and attempted to sh... More...
   $0 (01-13-2021 - FL)

STEVEN ANTHONY SCHWOERER vs STATE OF FLORIDA

- Criminal defense attorney represented Steven A. Schwoerer with appealing the judgment and sentence, arguing that two of his convictions—those for use of a computer to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sex act, in violation of section 847.0135(3)(a), Florida Statutes (2018)("solicitation"), and for unlawful use of a two-wa communications device, ... More...   $0 (01-12-2021 - FL)

Joel Dale Wright v. State of Florida

Tallahassee, FL - Criminal defense attorney represented Joel Dale Wright with appealing an order of the circuit court denying his successive postconviction motion filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851.



In 1983, Wright was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery,
burglary of a dwelling, and... More...
   $0 (01-12-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Jack Angeli

Washington, DC criminal defense lawyer represented Jake Angeli charged with criminal trespass for entering the Capitol Building in Washington, DC without authority or permission.... More...   $0 (01-10-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Carlos Miguel Rodriguez, Sr. a/k/a “Il Padrino”

Miami, FL Counterfeit check cashing charged criminal defense lawyer.

Carlos Miguel Rodriguez, Sr. a/k/a “Il Padrino,” 45, was charged with executing a fraud scheme with help from his son, daughter, and others. The swindle operated as follows: Rodriguez, Sr. and his daughter would purchase names, dates of birth, addresses, and social security numbers of unwitting bank customers on th... More...
   $0 (01-04-2021 - FL)

United States of America v. Michael Brian Cotter, Global Digital Concierge Pte. Ltd., Tech Live Connect Pte. Ltd, Sensei Ventures Incorporated and NE Labs Inc., KeviSoft LLC

Miami, FL Computer Fraud Lawyer

The United States of America claimed that Michael Brian Cotter, 59, of Glendale, California, and four companies Singapore registered Global Digital Concierge Pte. Ltd., formerly known as Tech Live Connect Pte. Ltd., Nevada registered companies Sensei Ventures Incorporated and NE Labs Inc., New York registered KeviSoft LLC fraudulently sold technical-sup... More...
   $0 (12-31-2020 - FL)

United States of America v. Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson

Tallahassee, Florida Criminal Defense Health Care Fraud Lawyer

Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, a dual citizen of the United States and Ghana, was charged with committing health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Over the course of almost four years, beginning in late 2015 or early 2016 until his arrest in February 2020, deGraft-Johnson... More...
   $0 (12-28-2020 - FL)

United States of America v. Aaron Moses

Tampa, Florida criminal defense lawyer conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and heroin.

Aaron Moses (31, Odessa) was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute. Moses had pleaded guilty on September 22, 2020.

According to court documents, in October and November o... More...
   $0 (12-28-2020 - FL)

United States of America v. Carlos Miguel Rodriguez, Sr. a/k/a Il Padrino

Miami, Florida criminal defense lawyer felony possession of a firearm

Carlos Miguel Rodriguez, Sr. a/k/a Il Padrino, 45, a nationwide counterfeit check cashing and identity theft scheme while illegally possessing a firearm. The swindle operated as follows: Rodriguez, Sr. and his daughter would purchase names, dates of birth, addresses, and social security numbers of unwitting bank cus... More...
   $0 (12-28-2020 - FL)

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