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U.S. airman standing his ground or attempting murder in melee?

In Florida, a hotbed of controversy over Stand Your Ground laws and gun rights, the family of a former Air Force service member was hoping that attention to his case might bring an order for clemency from the Governor's Office. The ex-airman was charged with second-degree attempted murder for firing a weapon during a fracas involving fraternity members from Florida A&M University at a Tallahassee nightclub. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for what his family and others claim was self-defense.

Florida man freed after appeal

A Florida man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2012, but testimony given by the arresting officer led an appeals judge to overturn the lower court's decision. The accused assailant testified during trial that he was affected by Ambien at the time when he allegedly shot his gun into the air near his neighbors. No one was hurt in the incident, but under Florida law, he was subject to a sentence of 120 years for the criminal charge.

Woman suspected of robbery discovered in jail

Marion County, Florida, authorities discovered a woman who was thought to have robbed two banks when being detained at the Hillsborough County Jail. According to jail records, a 53-year old woman, who is believed to have committed robbery, was taken into custody for driving with a license that was suspended or revoked after being pulled over on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa at around 1:07 a.m. on Nov. 13. She was apparently taken into custody just 12 hours after allegedly robbing a bank on SW State Road 200.

Florida man charged for possession after traffic stop

Following a traffic stop on Nov. 5, a man from Okeechobee who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody and charged with three felony possession of a controlled substance charges. At the time of the traffic infraction, he was in possession of methamphetamine, as well as alprazolam and morphine without a prescription. He is currently being held on $7,500 bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. The three other occupants of the vehicle were also searched but then released.

8 taken into police custody after a rash of robberies

Eight men were taken into custody in Florida after a rash of local robberies in Aug. One 40-year-old man reported that he was jogging when three men approached him at gunpoint and confiscated his iPod, wedding band and a watch valued at $150. After the , they escaped in a waiting car as a fourth man drove them away from the crime scene. He added that they told him to leave without looking back or risk being shot. Another walker in the area expressed her new-found hesitation of walking, especially if she sees someone she doesn't recognize.

Five Florida residents accused of racketeering

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement claims that a cargo theft ring stole truckloads of merchandise as part of an operation that stretched across the entire state. It is alleged that the number of stolen truckloads is in the dozens. Officials believe that items including food, drugs, clothing, tires and electronics simply disappeared. The fact that there were GPS devices installed on many of the missing trucks did not help to prevent the vehicles from vanishing.

Florida man faces multiple drug charges

A 22-year-old Florida man faces multiple criminal charges related to drugs. The resident of Palm Coast, Florida, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. The case is pending and additional criminal charges are possible.The case developed after citizen tips prompted an investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. Officers developed evidence over a one-month-long investigation, which is also under review by criminal defense attorneys. The Flagler County Sheriff said his agency often relies on citizen communications in identifying possible drug suspects and encourages private citizens to provide information about suspicious drug or criminal activity.

Shooting suspect turns himself in after video surfaces

A suspect in a March 24 shooting has turned himself into police after witnesses identified him from surveillance video. The 22-year-old man is being charged with first-degree murder due to the fact that the victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after the shooting. The suspect in the case allegedly had a fight with the victim the day before the shooting took place. A witness claimed that this was the motivation for the suspect confronting the victim at a local food store. Surveillance video shows a man that witnesses identified as the suspect engaged in a conversation with the victim. The victim is then shown being shot down by the other man in the video.

Spring Hill couple faces drug charges after search

A 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested at their Spring Hill home after police searched the house on a warrant March 15 and allegedly found cash, a stolen handgun and drugs. The pair faces drug offenses that include marijuana possession with intent to sell and cocaine trafficking. Police seized approximately 80 grams of marijuana, less than five ounces of crack cocaine, drug-making paraphernalia and a handgun that was reportedly stolen during a Hernando County burglary in 2011. The couple has also been charged with possession of structure for drug manufacturing with minor children present. The 36-year-old man also faces charges of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing of stolen property and possession a controlled substance. He remains in jail due to a prior cocaine trafficking charge in January. The 27-year-old female was released on a bond of $85,500.

Twelve former college students charged with manslaughter

A dozen former college band members at Florida A&M University were recently charged with manslaughter following the 2011 hazing death of another 26-year-old band member. These charges have been added onto original charges of felony hazing that 10 of these individuals face. Two people who were involved face manslaughter charges as well but have not been arrested. The criminal charge of manslaughter could mean a maximum prison term of 15 years for these young men, and the prosecution does not need to prove who actually administered the fatal blows to the victim but only that the defendants took part in the hazing. The victim allegedly suffered a brutal beating during a hazing ritual that occurred after a football game with a rival team. He collapsed and later died while on a bus at a hotel. Law enforcement personnel indicated that he sustained bruises all over his upper torso and succumbed to internal bleeding. Witnesses reported that he was throwing up just before emergency personnel arrived at the scene to administer intervention, of which he did not respond.

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