Texas police arrested Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib Tuesday for his connection with a shooting last week in Garland, Texas. The 25-year-old football star will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Talib’s mother turned herself in Tuesday morning and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a felony possession of a firearm from a previous conviction.
Talib and his mother were allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance on March 21 with Talib’s sister’s boyfriend. Police arrived at the scene after a 911 caller reported fighting and the sounds of gun shots around 7: 30 p.m.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Talib allegedly tried to pistol-whip the boyfriend with a handgun which was dropped in the struggle. Police reports indicate the boyfriend supposedly grabbed the gun and ran while the mother produced another gun and fired at least three times at the boyfriend before Talib took the gun from her and fired at least twice more.
The boyfriend, a registered sex offender in Texas, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with bodily injury and interference with an emergency phone call relating to an incident that happened at his home earlier in the day.
Talib’s bail was set at $25,000. Talib’s mother’s bail was set at $25,000 for the assault charge and $5,000 for the possession charge.
Talib was arrested in 2004 for burglary, got into a public fight in 2008 with a teammate, hit and injured former Bucs cornerback Donald Penn in 2009 and was charged with battery after he hit a cab driver last year.
Talib is facing a second-degree felony conviction punishable with prison time anywhere from 2 to 20 years. He could receive community-control probation instead of prison time if he has no prior felony offenses, but like the article does mention, this could be a far reach if a handgun is actually fired at someone. The probation period for a second-degree felony can last up to 10 years. For Talib to continue his career with the Bucs, if probation is granted, he would have to receive permission from Florida authorities that they would supervise a Texas probationer. This would also have to be agreed upon by the NFL, which is currently under a work stoppage where teams are not allowed to contact players or make any transactions, which includes releasing players.
There are varied possible consequences for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Punishments can be determined through possible defenses, conditions neighboring the crime, the degree of any injuries incurred, whether a weapon was used, past criminal record of the defendant, and in some circumstances the victim’s personal history.
Any time an offense involves a weapon other criminal charges can be filed to supplement the aggravated assault charge. When a deadly weapon is involved, like the use of a handgun, enhancements with statutory sentencing guidelines are likely. Depending on the jurisdiction and the sentencing official, additional time may be added to the sentence.
If you have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).