Michael David Dunn faces up to sixty years in prison for his decision to Stand His Ground against loud music. Dunn fired eight bullets into a parked SUV during an argument about loud music outside a gas station. Dunn, who says he may or may not have been threatened (he is unsure) and may or may not have seen a gun (he is, once again, unsure), unloaded round after round into the SUV, including as the teenagers were fleeing the hail of bullets. Three of the nine bullets that hit the car struck Jordan Davis in the rear passenger seat. Fortunately, none of the others were hit.
Dunn’s girlfriend claims that he told her he hates “that thug music” before she entered the store and he into an alcohol-fueled confrontation with some teenagers who just like their music a little loud. Since he classified the teens as “thugs,” the right-wing “PC” alternative to the “n-word” it would seem that he acted to take a young life solely based on his prejudice and his need to feel empowered by his Second Amendment Stick.
After initiating a confrontation, murdering a teenager and attempting to end the lives of his friends, the murderer and his girlfriend went to a bed and breakfast and ordered some pizza. They had plans, you see, so they could not be bothered to call the police.
On Saturday night, after 32 hours of deliberation the Florida jury convicted Dunn of three counts of second-degree attempted murder, which each carry a 20 year minimum sentence and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile–a felony punishable by up to 15 years.
Because it’s Florida, jurors were unable to decide if Dunn actually killed the unarmed black teenager. He will be retried for one count of first-degree murder.
Dunn’s case has drawn many comparisons to the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin. In both cases, an unarmed African American teenager’s life was unjustly curtailed as he was in the midst of normal, everyday activities–Martin, walking home from the store with some skittles and an Arizona watermelon drink and Dunn, sitting outside a store with music on.
Dunn showed no sign of remorse at the trial–in fact, it was quite the opposite. He was overheard asking his lawyer, “How can this be happening?” Apparently, empowered by the botched Zimmerman verdict, Dunn was under the impression that the magic words “I felt scared” would grant him immunity from justice as it did with Trayvon Martin’s murderer.
The defense will be appealing the decision.
Ron Davis, Jordan’s father, said that Dunn is “going to learn that he must be remorseful for the killing of [his] son.” As Davis pointed out, Dunn will have a lot of time to think about it even without a first degree murder conviction. “Michael Dunn has got minimums of 20 years on one count. Another 20 years on another count. Another minimum 20 years on another count,” he said.