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Stobert Holt guilty in death of missing Lakeland pilot Robert Wiles

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BARTOW, Florida (AP) - A central Florida man has been convicted in the death of his former boss' missing son.

A Polk County jury found 44-year-old Stobert Holt guilty Tuesday of manslaughter, extortion and writing threats to kill or do bodily harm. He faces up to 45 years in prison. Prosecutors had been seeking a first-degree murder conviction, but jurors chose the lesser charge.

Authorities say 26-year-old Robert Wiles went missing in April 2008. After Wiles' disappearance, his family received an email demanding $750,000 ransom. Wiles' father paid the money, but Wiles was never returned. His body has never been found.

The Ledger reports that Holt and Wiles worked together at the Wiles' family aircraft repair business, National Flight Services, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

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