An appeals court judge criticized Florida's mandatory minimum gun laws while regretfully agreeing to uphold a man's 20-year-sentence for firing a gun into the ground.
Judge James Wolf Tuesday called Eric Patrick Wright's case a classic example of how mandatory minimum sentencing laws create injustices Tuesday.
Court documents show Wright was at his fiancé's Jacksonville home in 2013 when an ex-girlfriend barged in and refused to leave. Wright pulled a gun and fired it into the ground to scare her.
At the time, Wright was 24 with no prior criminal record.
The trial judge said she didn't want to hand out the 20-year sentence for the aggravated assault conviction, but was forced to by law.
The law changed in 2016 to eliminate aggravated assault from mandatory sentencing, but was not retroactive.