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Former wrestler and others face violent crime charges

A man who was once a promising high school athlete currently faces criminal charges in Florida after allegedly taking part in an armed home invasion. Police said the incident occurred on a Tuesday. When people face violent crime charges, it is within their right to fight to protect their innocence and otherwise safeguard their interests within the state's criminal justice system.

A charge of home invasion or robbery using a deadly weapon for firearm was filed against the 20-year-old after police received a call about an armed robbery in progress at a residence. Authorities said the man and three other individuals entered the home by the back door. They are accused of having weapons, including a Taser and rifle. They reportedly ordered the occupants to go into various rooms and demanded cash, along with a gun. The suspects got away from the scene with cash totaling $200 as well as a handgun.

One of the victims is said to have recognized the former wrestler from high school. In addition, several of the victims said they recognized the other individuals who invaded the home. Police did not explain why the particular residence was targeted. A 19-year-old man was also taken into custody following the incident, and police are searching for the other participants.

These individuals now face Florida violent crime charges and each may opt to proceed to trial or might instead seek to strike a plea bargain with prosecutors. At trial, the prosecutor must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can happen. This standard exists in an effort to protect innocent individuals from being convicted of crimes they did not commit. Striking a plea deal may prove more beneficial for an accused individual if the prosecution's evidence appears to be strong, as a plea deal might lead to a lighter sentence than what would normally result from a trial in which the defendant has been found guilty.

Source: floridatoday.com, "Former high school wrestler charged in Palm Bay home invasion", J.D. Gallop, April 26, 2016

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