Dunkin Donuts Employee Jailed for Self Defense. It Gets Worse...
We've seen some pretty stupid ass things happen to people defending themselves (see Waffle House Waitress Scares Off Robbers With Gun. Gets Fired For It?! and Man Shoots Alligator Attacking His Son… Then He’s Arrested?!). But you really went for the gold medal with this one, Connecticut. A Dunkin Donuts employee was attacked by three men. The man stabbed one of the attackers in self-defense. Three guess who is going to be in jail for the next year and a half.
A Bridgeport man who was assaulted by three juveniles while he was at work in Norwalk will have to spend 18 months in jail for stabbing one of the attackers.
“I was defending myself,” Jeffrey Sumpter, 21, told Judge John Blawie on Monday morning at the Stamford courthouse when he was sentenced for stabbing one of the males in the leg last October.
Getting 18 months for self-defense is bad enough. Then the Judge opened his piehole.
Blawie told Sumpter that he understood and believed his version of events, but he said he had to follow the letter of the law.
Sumpter, dressed in a white prison jumpsuit with short sleeves, did not reply. His public defender Howard Ehring said unlike a state like Florida, which has a law allowing its residents to stand their ground, Connecticut law requires Sumpter to retreat from the beating he was given at the Dunkin’ Donuts where he worked.
So Sumpter gets convicted for first-degree felony assault. For self-defense. Which the Judge straight up said will cause Sumpter to be "treated more harshly by the criminal justice system going forward." I understand the Judge having to follow the letter of the law. Blame liberal blue state Democrats for that. But that last sentence to twist the knife in him (pun intended) is 50 shades of douchey.
"I hope you don't try defending yourself in the future. Because it will only be worse for you." That's basically what Judge Blawie said. Should go without saying this law is awful. Alas, some leftists might read this and think it isn't awful.
Sumpter should, I guess, count his blessings, though. It would be worse if he was in England.