Admitting Guilt to Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery with a Firearm
Many people have been following the case of the death of beloved grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan in Belle Glade. The 19-year-old accused of robbing, shooting, and killing McMillan confessed to his crimes Saturday. After appearing before the Judge briefly he is being held without bond and could possibly be facing the death penalty for aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and first-degree murder with a firearm.
Aggravated assault charges can be extremely serious in the state of Florida, particularly if they involve a firearm. Aggravated assault involving pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum prison sentence changes to 20 years. If the victim of the aggravated assault with a firearm dies, the defendant may be facing life in prison.
Without the help of a criminal defense lawyer, the defendant will most certainly be convicted and be forced to serve the most serious penalties. A criminal defense lawyer can help that defendant reduce the sentence if possible. A defendant can do things to help themselves such as immediately complete community service hours, enter a gun safety course, and write a letter of apology to the victim.
Belle Glade Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
A young man in Belle Glade may not be able to do much about his situation however. Corey Graham Jr. told his father that he was responsible for the
“robbing, shooting and killing” of McMillan, 49, in the early hours of
Jan. 2, according to a probable-cause affidavit released by the
sheriff’s office this afternoon. authorities sewed together surveillance footage and a steady stream of tips from area residents, prompting detectives to pursue him, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said today, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Graham was charged late Saturday with first-degree murder with a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm. He could receive the death penalty. Graham had no prior arrest record. He attended Palm Beach State College this past fall but is not enrolled as a student there this semester, Grace Truman, the school’s director of college relations and marketing, said today, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Firearm Criminal Defense
If you have been accused of aggravated assault with a firearm, contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. There are proactive actions you can take to avoid an extremely serious sentence if convicted, but a lawyer will do everything in his or her power to make sure your story is represented fairly and thoroughly.