I wrote an article yesterday on the 20 Miles Law Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers website. It was called 15 Months in Prison for St Johns County Burglary and Dealing in Stolen Property. It was about a man that was recently sentenced to prison for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and dealing in stolen property in Florida. Today, I read another article about burglary charges, but this one was much different. I believed the 15 months prison sentence was somewhat harsh, but it is nothing compared to what the defendants in this Jacksonville burglary case will be facing.
News4Jax reported the story stating:
“A family of three was behind a string of residential burglaries and pawnings of more than 90 items in a short period of time, which led to their arrests after gunfire that injured an officer Wednesday afternoon…. Four officers following up on the burglaries were notified by Big Cash Pawn shop on Beach Boulevard on the Southside about 2:30 p.m. that the suspects — Edward Garvin, 46, and his wife, Sherry, 41 — were in the store, Chief of Investigators Annie Smith said at a news conference Thursday morning. Smith said the officers were aware Garvin could possibly be armed and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. She said when they tried to take him into custody, he struggled with the officers and pulled out a gun. Smith said it took all four officers to take Garvin to the ground, and during the struggle as police were trying to get the gun away from him, Garvin fired one shot that struck the ground and ricocheted, injuring Officer J.C. Prentice. Prentice, a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, suffered lacerations to his right forearm. He had an X-ray to see if he had any bullet fragments in his arm, but none were found. ‘Fortunately, he was not seriously injured,’ Smith said. ‘Very easily could have gone much worse for the officers involved and for the citizens that were inside the pawn shop at the time.’”
Garvin is a convicted felon, and he was carrying a 9mm black Beretta. He will be charged with Jacksonville possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. “A gun was stolen in one of the residential burglaries, and on Wednesday, Sherry Garvin was trying to get a gun back that she had previously pawned at the shop.” It has been alleged that “there are potentially three firearms involved with these three individuals.” When an individual is in possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, he or she falls under the 10-20-Life Law in Florida. These defendants may be facing minimum mandatory sentences. News4Jax further reported:
“Edward Garvin is charged with six counts of attempted murder, six counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and six counts of resisting arrest with violence. He is also charged with burglary and dealing in stolen property. Garvin had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on a felony introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Sherry Garvin is charged with burglary and dealing in stolen property. The couple’s daughter, 19-year-old Teal Garvin, is charged with burglary and dealing in stolen property. She also had an outstanding warrant for driver’s license-related charges.”
Teal Garvin’s warrant is likely something minor, such as Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license. The three defendants are related, and they are potentially very loyal to one another as a family. At the same time, a conflict of interest is likely to arise. Each defendant should have a separate Jacksonville lawyer for the case. According to the information in the news article, Edward Garvin appears to be the most culpable. The state attorney’s office may offer Sherry and Teal a lesser sentence in return for information or testimony. This would certainly create a conflict for a Jacksonville criminal attorney to represent all three. The best thing is for each one of them to have different lawyers.