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Gainesville man who disappeared during trial sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a minor

Nineteen-year-old Ian Gabriel Montero-Lopez, who disappeared while on trial for sexually assaulting a minor last Christmas Eve, was sentenced to life in prison in absentia on Thursday. Montero-Lopez, who was 18 at the time, met the underage victim on Snapchat the week before the assault. He pressured the victim into meeting him at her residence, where he gave the victim narcotics and sexually assaulted her. He was later arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office after being identified in a photo lineup by the victim. He disappeared during the jury selection phase of his trial. He was found guilty in absentia of one count of sexual battery on a child 12-17 years of age and on one count of sexual battery with use of physical force. Law enforcement does not currently know his whereabouts. A warrant is out for his arrest.

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Prosecutors drop criminal charges against prominent real estate agents; related civil lawsuits settled

The State Attorney’s office has dropped its criminal investigation of  employees of a prominent commercial real estate firm whose offices were stormed by an armed SWAT team last year.  Around the same time prosecutors abandoned their criminal case, on Nov. 1, at least three related civil lawsuits and countersuits in …

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The Point, Nov. 3, 2022: Parkland shooter gets life in prison

Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. The stories near you • WUFT News: Gainesville’s mayor candidates have sparred, but they share a common goal. “After being narrowed down from nine to two candidates, Harvey Ward and Ed Bielarski will be pitted against each …

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The Point, Nov. 2, 2022: UF selects Sasse as next president

Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. The stories near you • Fresh Take Florida: UF selects Sasse as its next president; conservative U.S. senator pledges ‘political celibacy.’ “The University of Florida on Tuesday formally selected Ben Sasse as its next president, setting aside …

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UF selects Sasse as its next president; conservative U.S. senator pledges ‘political celibacy’

The University of Florida on Tuesday formally selected Ben Sasse as its next president, setting aside concerns that the appointment of a conservative Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska would further politicize the state’s flagship higher education institution. The university’s board of trustees – largely appointed by Republican governors – voted …

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The Point, Nov. 1, 2022: Your voter guide

Subscribe to The Point, arriving in your inbox Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. Your voter guide Florida’s midterm elections are November 8th, and we are rounding up key local races in north central Florida to help you cast an informed vote. • In Alachua County, three county commission seats are …

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