People who watch crime-related TV shows probably know that one’s cellphone can serve as a tracking device. Cellphones automatically stay in contact with nearby cellphone towers; those contacts, in turn, are recorded.
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.
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.