But last October, the 4th District Court of Appeal tossed those guilty verdicts as well, ruling a mistake was made at Dorsey’s retrial when the jury was not allowed to consider Stand Your Ground.The jury was instructed the law doesn’t apply to someone “engaging in an unlawful activity” — it’s illegal for felons to possess guns, and Dorsey at the time was a felon brandishing a gun
To summarize: He was at a party, went to his vehicle, extracted a gun and kept it concealed (without a permit), he was approached by several people who attacked him, he defended himself and killed two.
Dorsey gets charged with several counts including murder and felon in possession of a firearm. He is found guilty, the case is appealed again because of bad Jury instructions, upper courts dismisses the murder charges but still has to serve 15 years for the Felon Carrying a Gun charge.
In the article at the bottom, you find this:
Previously, Dorsey’s attorneys have argued he shouldn’t have been classified as a convicted felon in the first place.
The year before the shootings, he was charged with two forgery-related counts: He and a friend tried to pass off a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes and entry to a community pool
Now, if he was only charged and there was no trial or no plea was entered, why was he charged as Felon carrying a firearm? I looked online, but could not find info about that particular case. Looking at Dorsey’s page in the Department of Corrections database, the only charges in his file are the ones relating to the shooting and charged and found guilty of plain vanilla carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and given 5 years. Nothing shows a felony conviction for forgery.
Either we are missing a bunch of information or somebody overstepped in his/her prosecutorial powers…again.