Last Friday, four teenagers were arrested “after police said they shot at or threw rocks at a van driving on Ricker Road near Gregory Drive.” According to the driver of the vehicle, the teenagers used a BB gun. Luareno Turner said “It was a BB gun for sure…. No rocks are going to hit a car window like that. I cleaned it up and found a BB in my car.” News4jax.com reported:
“Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office charged Jonathan Torres, 16, Lydell Correia and Montavius Thomas, both 15, and Isaac Robinson, 14, with shooting or throwing deadly missiles. Thomas was also charged with giving a false name to police…. Luareno Turner said both of the side windows on his minivan exploded simultaneously, shooting glass into he and his daughter’s faces before he was able to pull the vehicle over…. Turner told investigators he saw the teens ride away on bicycles, but not before Turner was able to get a good look at them. All four were captured in the same neighborhood a few hours later.”
The Florida law that applies in this case is Section 790.19. This Florida Statute makes it a second degree felony to throw or fire certain objects at vehicles. The Section 790.19 states:
“Whoever, wantonly or maliciously, shoots at, within, or into, or throws any missile or hurls or projects a stone or other hard substance which would produce death or great bodily harm, at, within, or in any public or private building, occupied or unoccupied, or public or private bus or any train, locomotive, railway car, caboose, cable railway car, street railway car, monorail car, or vehicle of any kind which is being used or occupied by any person, or any boat, vessel, ship, or barge lying in or plying the waters of this state, or aircraft flying through the airspace of this state shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.”
All four teenagers may be charged by the Duval County State Attorneys Office in Jacksonville Juvenile Delinquent Court. Due to the possibility of a conflict of interest between these co-defendants, they may require separate Jacksonville juvenile attorneys. They may have different stories or independent defenses to the allegations, so it is a good idea for each of them to speak confidentially with a Jacksonville criminal lawyer.
For example, the mother of Jonathan Torres spoke to the media about the incident. She stated that her son “was raised better than that and has never before had a run in with the law.” She further stated, “Every single day that he goes out the door I say, ‘Jonathan, be careful. Jonathan, don’t be late. Jonathan, watch who you’re with — every single day. That’s why I’m shocked.” As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, this indicates to me that there may be a conflict between co-defendants, so it is wise to talk to different attorneys.