Pinellas County authorities arrested a 19-year-old man who apparently had a warrant out against him in another county. The man reportedly was involved in a shooting outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts in New Port Richey in December of last year. He was arrested recently at a motel and now faces an attempted first degree murder charge in two deaths.
The incident occurred at the Dunkin’ Donuts on U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. According to police, an altercation broke out, and two men were shot at close range. Police allege that the man they arrested was involved in the shooting and fled immediately following. Understandably, the two charges of attempted murder against him could have serious consequences if a conviction is obtained.
In addition to these charges, police say that the man is connected to an armed burglary ring. Police have not indicated what his purported connection is, and he has not been officially linked to any such crimes. He remained in Pinellas County Jail as of the last report.
Like anyone accused of a crime in our state, this man remains innocent in the eyes of the law unless and he is proven otherwise. If convicted of the charges of attempted first degree murder, the consequences could well be severe. Understandably, conviction of an attempted first degree murder charge may result in a lengthy term of incarceration as well as other penalties. In order to maximize his chances for a favorable outcome, this young man may benefit from being proactive in striking a defense against these allegations. A well-managed defense can explore what options and alternatives may be available to achieve the best possible result.