Jacksonville Fire Captain Arrested for Battery

A Jacksonville Fire Captain was arrested in Nassau County for Battery on a Person 65 Years of Age or Older. Michael Braddock is accused of reaching into the alleged Ralph Stangle’s car, punching him, and ultimately pulling him out of his car all while cursing at him. Ralph Stangle is 75 years old.

To prove the crime of Battery on a Person 65 Years of Age or Older in Florida, a third degree felony, the state attorney would have to prove that the firefighter intentionally touched the alleged victim against his will or intentionally caused harm to him. Because the alleged victim is over 65, that enhances the charge from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony. If convicted, the Jacksonville Fire Captain faces up to 5 years in prison.