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Sheriff's Son Can't Use 'Stand Your Ground' In Florida

Aug 15, 2018
Originally published on August 15, 2018 7:21 am

A judge says a sheriff's son can't use Florida's "stand your ground" law to avoid prosecution for an aggravated battery charge.

The judge denied a motion for immunity for George Chronister under the Florida law which allows people to use force without retreating if they feel threatened.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nash says Chronister's use of force was not justified.

Chronister is the son of Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Chronister had argued he feared for his life.

The Florida law has gotten renewed scrutiny after the sheriff in neighboring Pinellas County refused to initially arrest a white man who fatally shot a black man who had pushed him to the ground in a dispute over parking.

The gunman was charged Monday with manslaughter.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.