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Florida laws concerning felonies can lead to stiff consequences

Two friends in Florida reportedly attempted to rob a person who was dealing drugs recently. This move caused the death of one friend and put the other friend in jail. The individual in jail, age 23, now faces a charge of felony murder in connection with his friend's death. Being convicted of these types of felonies can lead to life in prison with no parole or even the death penalty in the state of Florida.

The Florida shooting occurred just after 8 a.m.. when a 23-year-old man determined he would get his friend to help him rob a drug dealer near a beer and liquor store. The man parked his vehicle across the street from the store, while his friend went to meet with the drug dealer. At the end of their conversation, the friend pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the dealer, demanding that he give him all of his drugs.

A short struggle ensued between the friend and drug dealer. Then, the friend ran away, but the drug dealer shot him. The friend collapsed, and a gun was later discovered at his feet. According to Florida's felony murder law, people can face murder charges if their accomplices die during the commission of crimes.

When people are accused of felonies in Florida, they have the right to go to trial and vigorously defend themselves against the allegations. If prosecutors fail to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, no conviction can be handed down. The criminal defense may focus primarily on the evidence that the prosecutors intend to use in support of their accusations as part of the defense strategy.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Lake Worth man charged with felony murder after friend killed during robbery", Adam Sacasa, Sept. 30, 2015

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