As a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney, when I hear about a shooting at a Northside Jacksonville Wal-Mart, I automatically assume that a Jacksonville armed robbery occurred and someone is facing the Florida 10-20-Life Statute if arrested, tried, and convicted of this Jacksonville crime. To my surprise, on Monday, something else occurred that involved a Jacksonville Wal-Mart shooting.
The local media reports on News4jax.com have reported that a domestic fight escalated to gunfire outside a Walmart on the Northside of Jacksonville on Monday. “Police have arrested both parties in the dispute. Jacksonville police were called to a shooting in the parking lot of the Lem Turner Road store about 5:45 a.m. Police said Walmart employee Troy Curr-Pennamon, 26, was walking a woman employee outside the store when her boyfriend, Jaquan Holloway, 20, approached and struck Curr-Pennamon. According to the police account of events, Curr-Pennamon went to his car and got out a handgun and shot Holloway one time. He was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Curr-Pennamon is charged with aggravated battery and possession of a concealed firearm. Halloway was charged with simple battery.”
Since Holloway was charged with Simple Battery in Jacksonville, Florida, he will only be facing a first-degeree misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to one year in Duval County Jail. As a Jacksonville Battery Lawyer, I doubt that the Duval County State Attorney Office will pursue jail time for Holloway, considering that he received a harsher punishment, a gunshot wound. On the other hand, Pennamon will be facing a Florida minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in a Florida State Prison. This case will require further investigation. I would not be surprised to learn Pennamon acted in self-defense. Did he believe that Holloway was going to seriously injured or kill him? Is there evidence to establish that he had a reasonable fear? Did Holloway have a gun or deadly weapon? Holloway’s girlfriend was present at the scene. What information does she have? If police did not find a weapon on or near Holloway, is there a possibility that his girlfriend or someone else hid the weapon to protect him.
There are so many unanswered questions. Pennamon’s Jacksonville shooting case needs to be throughly investigated by a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney to see if he really is guilty. I have handled many Jacksonville self-defense cases, and I know that things are not always as they seem.