Jason Dames, FL Man Who Justifiably Fatally Shot Jessie McMiller, Exonerated After Two Years In Jail
Jason Dames spent two years in jail after failing to raise the $750,000 bail demanded by a Florida court. However, the law-abiding gun owner finally earned his freedom after St. Lucie County Circuit Judge William Roby dismissed all the charges he faced following the self-defense incident. The case was particularly shocking given that Dames tried all possible ways to escape the attacker before resorting to self-defense.
“A reasonable and prudent person in the same position as Mr. Dames would have believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to Mr. Dames,” judge Roby ruled. “The state has failed to prove … that Mr. Dames had no objectively reasonable basis to use deadly force against Mr. McMiller.”
The deceased, Jessie McMiller, punched Dames repeatedly until he fell to the ground. Dames was blind in one eye and was very vulnerable to violent physical attacks. Additionally, CCTV video footage showed that Dames did not provoke the attack and tried to get away from the attacker before using his firearm.
The men had no previous encounter, and the attack was totally unwarranted. The court also found that the agitated attacker was responsible for sparking the confrontation, which led to his demise. Consequently, the court found that the use of deadly force was justified "at any time during the fateful encounter."
Florida has the "stand your ground laws" that require the state to prove that the use of deadly force was unjustified. However, the laws did not protect Dames, who spent two years behind bars despite being the victim.
Cases like this make one question whether the opposite outcome would have been more acceptable to the gun control extremists. Dames tried everything he could do to weather the attack, and yet he was assumed to be the aggressor. These intimidation tactics are intended to prevent firearm owners from defending themselves, fearing the subsequent persecution following such an incident.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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