Thompson

Ronald J. Thompson

White male

Age at time: 62

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Florida Department of Corrections

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Other Private Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: In a friend's residence in Keystone Heights, Clay County, on Sept. 19, 2009

What happened: Thompson, a disabled Army vet, was at a friend's home when the friend's 17-year-old grandson demanded entry. Acting at the direction of the boy's mother, Thompson told the boy he could not enter. Her refusal prompted an angry outburst from the boy. Feeling his friend was threatened, Thompson, a lawful gun owner, fired two warning shots into the ground to scare away the boy and his friends. The presiding judge concluded that neither shot was intended to hit the boy.

The outcome: Although no one was injured, Thompson was charged with four counts of aggravated battery. He rejected a three-year plea deal, and a jury rejected his "stand your ground" defense and found him guilty. The judge called the 20-year mandatory prison sentence "a crime itself'' and refused to impose it. State Attorney Angela Corey appealed, and the appeals court ordered it. He is now serving 20 years.

Case decision made by: Jury

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013