For Media & Public Relations
Contact Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
(239) 533-1125
Public Records
All public information requests should
be directed to the attention of:
ASA Kelly S. Worcester
Custodian of Public Records
P.O. Box 399
Fort Myers, FL 33902
Phone: (239) 533-1228
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  • January 12, 2018

    Grand Theft and Burglary Conviction

    Theodore Walker Grauwickel, 36, faces up to life in prison after being convicted of Grand Theft and First Degree Burglary with $1000 Damage following a trial in Lee County. He also […]
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    Road Rage Case: Guilty as Charged

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Stephen B. Russell

State Attorney
As a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office for over 40 years, and now as your State Attorney, I know how vital it is to keep our community safe. Southwest Florida is one of the most desirable places to live in the nation. For this reason, our population has quadrupled in size in the last quarter of a century.
 
Our prosecutors, investigators, and support staff are dedicated to protect and fairly represent your rights in the criminal courts. This website provides an overview for you of our structure, offices, and mission. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.

Stephen B. Russell
State Attorney

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MISSION STATEMENT

The citizens of Southwest Florida have a right to be represented in criminal matters by a State Attorney and staff who are competent, experienced, and dedicated to enforcing the law. Decisions will be made based on the law and the evidence. The rights of the victims of crime shall always be respected and enforced through vigorous and fair prosecution.
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About Us

The State of  Florida is divided into 20 geographical areas known as Judicial Circuits.  Each circuit has an elected State Attorney. The 20th Judicial Circuit, formed in 1969,  consists of five counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee.  It is the largest circuit, geographically, in the state.

Under our Florida Constitution, the State Attorney serves as the prosecutor, representing the people in criminal courts throughout the circuit.

The primary function of the State Attorney’s Office is to review criminal investigations and complaints submitted by law enforcement agencies and others, filing formal charges supported by the law and the evidence, and then presenting these cases in our courts.

By holding persons accountable for their criminal acts, the State Attorney’s office seeks to deter crime and to ensure Southwest Florida is a safe place for our citizens and visitors.

Stephen B. Russell is only the second State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, succeeding Joseph P. D’Alessandro, who served for 33 years prior to Steve’s election to the office in 2002.

In Memory Of

The State Attorney’s Office wants to recognize two of our dedicated prosecutors who were murdered.

Assistant State Attorney Eugene Berry was shot and killed at his home on January 16, 1982 by the wife of a man Berry prosecuted. Following his murder, Berry received the State Attorney’s Office Medal of Honor and another award was created in his honor.

A second prosecutor was murdered on August 19, 1988 in Charlotte County. Assistant State Attorney Norman Langston was with the office for just 3 months before he was gunned down. He tried to protect another Assistant State Attorney who also had a gun pointed at her.. Langston used his body to shield the bullets. The gunman had previously been prosecuted by our office. Langston was memorialized with the State Attorney’s Office Medal of Honor. His award reads:

“In dedication and memory of a young man who was taken from us in the bloom of his life. But who nevertheless left a legacy of dedication and self-sacrifice that is an inspiration to all.”

Public Records

Section 119 of the Florida Statutes provides that information maintained by any public agency be released upon request by any person, either private, or public, or to the media. There are, of course, certain limitations. Information on cases under investigation will not be released until the charges have been filed by the State Attorney’s Office and discovery on the case has been released to defense counsel.

If the case is not filed on, or is later nolle prossed, the information will be available at that time. Confessions and admissions made by the accused are not permitted to be released until after the case is disposed of. Medical records contained in case files may never be released.

In keeping with state records keeping guidelines, case files are routinely destroyed after the passage of the prescribed periods of time. Information on felony cases older than five years is destroyed and not available, nor is case information on misdemeanors available if more than two years old.

First degree murder cases are never destroyed.

Public Records Requests

Media

Samantha Syoen, Communications Director
Email: Samantha Syoen

 All Members of the Public

Assistant State Attorney Kelly Worcester
Email: Kelly Worcester
 
State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit
Attn: Kelly Worcester or Samantha Syoen
P.O. Box 399
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Contact Us

The State Attorney’s Office welcomes your questions, comments, or concerns.

Please note that criminal complaints cannot be accepted by e-mail. Criminal complaints should be in writing, sworn to, and submitted to the appropriate police or sheriff’s department.

Ethical considerations prohibit our office having contact directly with defendants. Defendants (and their immediate families) should communicate with this office solely through their attorneys.

Main Administrative Office for the Five County Circuit
(239) 533-1000
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County Office Information

Charlotte County
(941) 637-2104
Collier County
(239) 252-8470
Glades County
(863) 946-0077
Hendry County
(863) 612-4920
Lee County
(239) 533-1000
Under Florida law, email addresses are public records.  If you do not want your email address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
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  • January 18, 2018

    Life in Prison: Cocaine Trafficking

    Angel Zayas Chico, 34, of Puerto Rico, will spend the rest of his life in prison for Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine (150 Kilograms or More) and Attempted Trafficking in Cocaine […]
  • January 18, 2018

    The Murder of Pilar Rodriguez

    This afternoon Melissa Harding-Jones, 41, was sentenced to 12 years of probation on a charge of Accessory After the Fact for her role in the 1999 murder of 4 year old […]
  • January 12, 2018

    Grand Theft and Burglary Conviction

    Theodore Walker Grauwickel, 36, faces up to life in prison after being convicted of Grand Theft and First Degree Burglary with $1000 Damage following a trial in Lee County. He also […]
  • January 11, 2018

    Road Rage Case: Guilty as Charged

    William John Greenwald, 46, faces life in prison after being convicted of First Degree Burglary with Assault or Battery following a two day trial in Charlotte County. The crime involved a […]
As a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office for over 40 years, and now as your State Attorney, I know how vital it is to keep our community safe. Southwest Florida is one of the most desirable places to live in the nation. For this reason, our population has quadrupled in size in the last quarter of a century.
Our prosecutors, investigators, and support staff are dedicated to protect and fairly represent your rights in the criminal courts. This website provides an overview for you of our structure, offices, and mission. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.  

Stephen B. Russell
State Attorney

For Media & Public Relations
Contact Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
(239) 533-1125
Public Records
All public information requests should
be directed to the attention of:
ASA Kelly S. Worcester
Custodian of Public Records
P.O. Box 399
Fort Myers, FL 33902
Phone: (239) 533-1228

MISSION STATEMENT

The citizens of Southwest Florida have a right to be represented in criminal matters by a State Attorney and staff who are competent, experienced, and dedicated to enforcing the law. Decisions will be made based on the law and the evidence. The rights of the victims of crime shall always be respected and enforced through vigorous and fair prosecution.
Home

Operating under the core values of Honesty, Integrity, and Respect.