Tampa, Florida — A 43-year-old man was found guilty of tackling another man who was legally carrying a firearm in a Walmart, in a case caught by surveillance video.
A jury found Michael Foster guilty of battery on Tuesday. His sentencing is scheduled for May.
According to what I found online, depending on what kind of battery he was found guilty of, Mr Foster could be facing one of three flavors
- Simple battery is a first degree misdemeanor, for which the state can request a sentence of imprisonment lasting up to one year and a fine that cannot exceed $1,000.
- Felony battery is a third degree felony, which can lead to a sentence of imprisonment for up to five years and a fine in an amount up to $5,000.
- Aggravated battery is second degree felony, for which the defendant might receive a sentence of imprisonment lasting up to fifteen years and a fine in an amount up to $10,000.
As far a I was able to find online, Mr. Foster has been a law-abiding citizen. I cannot speak for Mr. Daniels, but I do hope he gets just simple battery without jail time, just the fine. If there was no malice in Mr. Foster’s actions, he should not have his life ruined by a felony conviction.
Hat tip to Sean Sorrentino.