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Merry Christmas, Florida Man!

Posted on | December 18, 2021 | Comments Off on Merry Christmas, Florida Man!

Say hello to Florida resident Steven Stillwell. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the 42-year-old Stillwell “has an extensive criminal arrest history of 14 felonies, 5 misdemeanors, and 11 re-arrest charges . . . including: multiple burglaries and larcenies, DUI, multiple violations of probation, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property, and fraud.” Stillwell’s lengthy criminal history nearly ended this week, thanks to an armed homeowner:

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting of a man who they said broke into a Lakeland home Tuesday afternoon.
The homeowner told deputies that the man, later identified as 42-year-old Steven Stillwell, forced his way into the residence by throwing a flower pot through a glass door at around 12:50 p.m., according to a news release.
Deputies said Stillwell was shot three times by the homeowner. Stillwell was later taken to a hospital where he was last reported in critical, stable condition, according to the release.
Detectives said they found a shotgun belonging to Stillwell in the backyard of the home, as well as video evidence showing Stillwell approaching the home through the backyard.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the evidence in the case indicated that Stillwell illegally entered the home, and that the homeowner did the right thing by shooting him.
“The castle doctrine is very clear in Florida law. A person’s home is his refuge,” Judd said in a statement. “The homeowner did exactly what he had a right to do. I commend him for protecting himself and defending his home.”

We presume that, if Stillwell survives his wounds, he will spend a long time in Florida’s prison system. Who says there’s no good news anymore? Merry Christmas!



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