Jamil Etayem, a Florida man who was arrested on domestic battery charges less than a month ago is suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her 9-month-old son multiple times before turning the knife on himself. Etayem allegedly stabbed his 23-year-old girlfriend, Roseanna Sanson, and her infant son, Carter, in what appears to be a gruesome double-murder suicide, what local police have described as a “pretty horrific scene.”
Battery is defined as when a person “intentionally touches or strikes another person, without that person’s consent or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.” A Battery becomes an Aggravated Battery if “during the commission of a battery, he/she: Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or Uses a deadly weapon. Also, a person commits aggravated battery if the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.”
Many times, domestic battery cases appear in the form of choking or strangulation cases. Strangulation impedes the ability to breathe and can reduce the amount of oxygen flowing to the brain. As a result, choking can cause permanent brain damage and other physical injuries. A major problem with many of these cases is that there is a lack of enough physical evidence in these cases to pursue higher charges, yet the case has the support of police officers and prosecutors who try them.
Sometimes, the violent act is only prosecuted as a misdemeanor, without the fear that the offender will likely repeat the violent act against the victim. Unfortunately for those in the victims’ case, since the criminal punishment is minor, many do not feel that their actions are of consequence. In many cases, deceased victims had been repeat targets, sometimes family members or spouses. Restraining orders are often obtained in these situations to avoid such repeated violent contact, which will restrict the accused’s movement in certain locations, even including one’s own residence, in certain situations.
Unfortunately for the many currently being charged with domestic battery, this case will put a bad taste in many Judges’ mouths, as well as State prosecutors, who will want to now fight harder for domestic battery convictions and harsher punishments for those convicted, thinking this action will help recidivism rates drop. However, this action only harms the thousands of Florida men and women who are falsely accused every day across the State of domestic battery and other forms of inter-spousal or familial abuse.
Domestic battery is a felony offense in Florida. Many times, those accused of domestic battery may attempt to commit domestic battery repeatedly, or may be accused of such abuse repeatedly. In either situation, repeat offenders should remember that if one has previously been convicted of three or more violent felonies or attempts at violent felonies, one may be classified as a “three time violent offender” or “violent career criminal”, resulting in one receiving a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. Violent career criminals may be facing a 10 year prison sentence for a third degree felony, and 30 years for a second degree felony.
Not every case of domestic battery, or in this case, murder, is premeditated, nor is it always intentional for the victim to be permanently harmed or disfigured. People act out recklessly towards others, and as such, the State keeps track of these incidents of violent behavior. If one is found guilty of a domestic violence offense, one’s arrest record will be permanent. A Domestic Violence charge cannot be sealed or expunged. This means anyone can look up one’s record and see the domestic violence conviction. This is very detrimental to those trying to obtain a job, as many employers automatically assume that the person is violent regardless of the facts.
One in a situation like this should immediately obtain an experienced Jacksonville domestic violence defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One should not waste time when the solution to one’s predicament is out there waiting.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Sources: Man arrested last month on a domestic battery charge fatally stabbed his girlfriend, her 9-month-old son and himself, DailyMail.com