This doesn’t come as a surprise, but it sure feels unfathomable. Another African American man in the state of Florida was sentenced to 25 years in prison for standing his ground against an attacker.
Michael Giles was attacked outside of a club in Tallahassee, Florida three years ago. His assailant openly admitted during court that he assaulted the military veteran without being provoked, because he was angry at someone who “interrupted” his dance and wanted to act on it with the next person he saw.
Having acted erratically, even the attacker’s own friend stated she was afraid of what he would do. State witnesses testified that some 30 to 40 people were involved with the brawl.
It was during the massive scuffle that Giles felt threatened (as he is trained to analyze such threats), and decided to act on it as an attempt to jump back on his feet and flee. He pulled out his “legally registered weapon and accidentally struck, but did not seriously injure, his attacker in the leg.”
In spite of monumental evidence from witnesses that Giles was attacked without goading, he was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 25 years behind bars.
The Judge states:
Frankly, I think the 25-year mandatory is overly harsh based on the facts of this case, but that’s what the law requires I do and I intend to follow the law.
Giles recently completed a tour in Iraq and Kuwait, and was looking forward to advancing in his career with the military. Both of his parents are military veterans as well.
A petition to commute her son’s harsh sentence was issued by Phyllis Giles. To learn more about the petition and to sign off on it, please visit HERE.