Fla. Supreme Court hears appeal on 10-20-life gun law

Attorney seeking judges discretion

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The attorney for a man sentenced to 80 years in prison for firing his gun into the air wants the Florida Supreme Court to give judges discretion to allow concurrent sentences when applying the state's 10-20-life gun law.

Jonathan Kaplan argued Wednesday that requiring stacked mandatory sentences from a single incident wasn't the intent of the law.

He represents Ronald Williams, who was convicted of four counts of aggravated battery after pointing his gun at four gay men at a neighbor's Palm Beach County home then firing into the air. No one was injured. Each count requires a mandatory minimum 20-year sentence.

The judge who sentenced him believed that he was required by law to impose consecutive sentences. Kaplan told the justices the judge misinterpreted the intent of the law.

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