Florida appellate court OKs consecutive sentences

Consecutive sentences for displaying guns now approved

Author: Tara Evans, Producer, tevans@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 13 2013 08:45:56 AM EST
AP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

An appellate court says defendants can receive consecutive sentences for displaying but not firing guns if convicted of multiple counts resulting from one event.

The 1st District Court of Appeal made that decision Tuesday in a rare opinion by all 15 members.

It interprets Florida's 10-20-Life Law, which sets minimum sentences of 10 years for using a gun in a crime, 20 years for firing it and life if a victim is harmed or killed.

The ruling means Leronnie Walton can get two consecutive minimum 10-year terms for attempting to rob two women in Jacksonville.

The court receded from a prior but opposite ruling and declared to the Florida Supreme Court a conflict with another appellate court.

Walton also faces consecutive 20-year minimums for shooting at two police officers.