Clay County Man Acquitted of Jacksonville Beach Attempted Murder and Rape, but Convicted of Other Offenses

On July 15, 2010, Nicholas Highsmith, a Clay County resident, was arrested for the battery, rape, robbery, and attempted murder of a woman in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He was tried this week on all four charges. The jury returned a not guilty verdict as to the rape and attempted murder charges. However, he was found guilty of theft and aggravated battery. While Mr. Highsmith still may be sentenced to Florida State Prison, the outcome of his case should still be considered a victory. If Mr. Highsmith would have been convicted of all the Jacksonville felony charges, he could have been sentenced to Life in prison. He still needs to prepare for a sentencing hearing in order to mitigate his sentence in this Jacksonville Criminal Case.

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