The incident happened this past week when 42-year-old Sally Amato became upset, thinking that a woman at the bar had grabbed her boyfriend’s crotch. Monroe Sheriff’s Deputies said that Amato became enraged and smashed a beer bottle over the victim’s head. According to police, it was only a mistake and had not actually happened.
Now, Amato is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The woman who was struck by the bottle was injured but was treated at the scene and is expected to be okay.
Amato’s boyfriend, identified as Dustin Messenger, was arrested as well after he came back inside the bar and kicked the bar door from its hinges.
Key West Aggravated Battery LawsAggravated battery, especially when it is a crime involving weapons, can either bring very minor penalties or extremely severe ones that will follow you the rest of your life. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be facing the frightening prospect of prison time, $10,000 in fines, a permanent criminal record, and many other consequences. Because aggravated battery is a particularly violent crime in Florida, state prosecutors will look to charge you to the fullest extent, and you might end up in the uncomfortable position of defending yourself against a crime that you believe was blown out of context.
From interrogations to the time you attend court, you will find that aggravated battery charges might leave you feeling helpless and stressed. If you have been accused of one of these crimes, we want you to know that you have many rights and protections under the law. A battery is seen as an intentional touching or striking of a victim and so these cases, known to be violent and dangerous, could leave you feeling alone and confused for the outcome of your future. At Musca Law, our criminal defense attorneys will fight aggressively to help you retain your rights and receive the case results you deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out what we can do for you at (800) 687-2252.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Naples and broader Florida community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.