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Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

armed-robbery-1_180x120-150x120According to a recent and urgent article from WPTV, a 67-year-old man was shot in his eye Saturday morning but is expected to survive.

Ahmad Zayyad, of Belle Glade, was working at the Super Merchandise Store, 265 W Ave. A, when two black males walked in and demanded cash around 10:30 a.m. Zayyad tried running from the suspects but was shot in the left eye. He was air-lifted to Delray Medical Center.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said she thinks the men got away with only Zayyad’s wallet.

The two males are described as between the ages of 17 and 20, between five-foot-five and five-foot-six, and medium build. One suspect, who was armed, was wearing a burgundy, hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect’s face was partially covered, she said.

If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).

Robbery and the Law

Robbery is defined as the theft or larceny of property or money through the offender’s use of physical force or fear against a victim. When a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as “armed robbery” or “aggravated robbery.”

According to the 2009 Florida Statutes, if in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.

Armed Robbery Defense

If you have been charged with armed or aggravated robbery, contact a criminal defense lawyer that understands the defense strategies necessary.

A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer encourages his or her clients to immediately complete community service hours, enter a gun safety course and write a letter of apology to the victim. By being proactive, show the prosecution your true character and work with them to reduce some of the consequences.

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