MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2020) – According to an online news article written and posted by Local10.com, an 18-year-old man has been arrested after killing a man with a knockout punch in South Beach, Florida. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday by Miami Police to face a second-degree felony manslaughter charge in the fight between the suspect and another man.
Law enforcement stated that surveillance video showed the suspect hiding between the Royal Palm Hotel and the Loews Hotel. The suspect was waiting in a beach access walkway and then jumped out to deliver a knockout punch the knocked the victim to the ground.
According to the Miami Police Department´s arrest report, the suspect told police that the reason for the attack was revenge. The suspect stated the victim had molested a woman, and therefore, the suspect attacked the victim.
The victim was taken to Mount Sinai hospital. The victim´s injuries were severe, including a traumatic brain injury, which inevitably the patient succumbed to. On Tuesday, the victim passed away due to blunt force head injuries, as reported by the medical examiner’s office.
The suspect was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant located at Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road. According to the Miami Police Department, police officers are accusing the suspect of using both his feet and hands to attack the victim.
The suspect has been charged with a charge of second-degree felony manslaughter.
Florida Second-degree Felony Manslaughter Charges, Laws and Penalties
According to Florida Statute 782.04(2)-(3), Second-Degree Murder is a crime when an individual commits either “Accomplice Felony Murder” or “Murder with a Depraved Mind.” “Murder with a Depraved Mind” is a crime in which an individual is killed by an act demonstrating a depraved mind exhibiting no regard for human life.”
“Murder with a Depraved Mind” occurs when an individual is killed without premeditation, by acting in a potentially dangerous way toward another person and demonstrating a depraved mind exhibiting no regard for human life.
Accomplice Second-Degree Felony Murder Charges in Florida
“Accomplice Second-Degree Felony Murder” happens when an individual acts as an accomplice with an individual who murdered another person while being while engaged in the commission or attempted commission of the crimes listed below regardless of the death of the victim was intended or not.
- Aggravated abuse of a disabled adult
- Aggravated abuse an elderly person
- Aggravated stalking
- Child Abuse
- Distribution of controlled substances
- Drug trafficking
- Escaping prison or police custody
- Home-invasion with robbery
- Piracy of aircraft
- Resisting a law enforcement officer with violence
- Sexual battery
- Terrorism, or
- Unlawful placing, discharging or throwing of a bomb or destructive device.
Penalties for Second Degree Murder in Florida
Second-Degree Murder charges are a First-Degree Felony in the State of Florida. The penalties and punishments include up to life in prison, lifetime probation, and a fine of $10,000. A criminal justice judge in Florida is required to sentence individuals found guilty of Second-Degree Murder” to at least 16¾ years in prison. The judge may also sentence the defendant to life in prison.