A sailor assigned to the boat, the USS Hue City, has been arrested on felony assault charges in Duval County. Jonathan Lee, according to an article in the Florida Times Union, allegedly showed his gun and threatened to shoot a fellow sailor. Police were dispatched and met with the alleged victim. The alleged victim said that he and Lee were in a strip club drinking and he urinated next to Lee's car. When the alleged victim urinated on Lee's car, "joking around" he says, Lee allegedly pulled a handgun from the trunk of the car and put the magazine in. Lee is reported to have said "If you piss on my car, I will shoot you". At that point the alleged victim said he was in fear for his life and grabbed Lee's wrist, making him drop the handgun. At that point, someone broke the two men up and Lee left the scene. JSO transported the alleged victim to the Mayport Naval Station to find Lee. Police asked for his consent to search his vehicle and Lee agreed. Law enforcement found a gun in his trunk as well as a marijuana joint in the ashtray. The police also found a loaded magazine next to the gun. Lee was then arrested in Jacksonville and posted bond in Duval County.
Lee was arrested for Jacksonville Aggravated Assault, a third degree felony and Possession of Less than 20 Grams of Marijuana, a first degree misdemeanor. To be convicted of aggravated assault in Duval County, the state attorney prosecuting the case must prove he intentionally and unlawfully threatened by word or act to do violence to the victim and have the apparent ability to do so. The victim must also have a well-founded fear that the violence is imminent. To make the Jacksonville assault charge "aggravated", it must be committed with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill or with an intent to commit a felony.
Our Jacksonville Criminal Military Defense Attorney, Victoria "Tori" Mussallem, has defended members of the United States Military for years, including sailors in the Navy. Our Duval County Criminal Law Firm is proud to help those who serve us. Often times, soldiers get punished twice, once by civilian law enforcement and once by the military itself. Even if the Jacksonville criminal charges are dropped or dismissed, the United States military can mete out their own punishment. If you serve in our military and have been arrested on criminal charges in Duval, Clay or Nassau Counties, contact our Jacksonville Navy Criminal Defense Law Firm, at (904) 365-5200. The Mussallem Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.