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2nd gunman turns himself in to police

On May 11, it was reported that a Florida man who was believed to be involved in a May 5 gunfight turned himself into authorities. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities said that the 35-year-old Apalachicola man was believed to have been involved in a gunfight with a 24-year-old man in the 100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Both men fled the scene following the incident. The other man turned himself into authorities the next morning. He was ultimately charged with two counts of attempted murder and was being held in the county jail without bond.

The 35-year-old man reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the hip. He was treated for the injury at a nearby hospital. He was being held in custody without bond. Two other men who were involved in the gunfight also suffered injuries and were treated at local hospitals. They were identified as a 47-year-old man, the father of the accused 24-year-old man already in custody, and a 41-year-old man. They were not facing charges associated with the incident.

In Florida, those who have been convicted of a felony are banned from owning or using firearms. If they are accused of being in possession of a firearm or using a firearm to commit another crime, they could face severe legal consequences that include a prison sentence and major fines. The conviction could also prevent them from being able to move on from the incident by obtaining employment and qualifying for loans. A criminal defense attorney may look for weaknesses in the prosecution's case or negotiate a plea bargain dependent on the case circumstances.

Source: Apalachicola Times, "Second shooter charged in gunfight", David Alderstein, May 17, 2017

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