Clay County police headed to Michael Anthony Quinn’s house on Christmas Day, called to investigate a disturbance. On their way, deputies found Quinn with a loaded shotgun and a revolver headed to a second residence to “take care” of the undetermined number victims, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. Quinn, a school bus driver, was charged with attempted second degree murder and faces up to 15 years in prison on the Clay County criminal charge. Police were initially called to Quinn’s home, but it is not clear whether Quinn or someone else made the call.
The charge itself is an odd one because second degree murder is a murder that is not premeditated, meaning Quinn did not have a plan to go kill whoever he’s accused of going to kill in this case. Yet police arrested him on an attempted murder charge, raising the possibility Quinn himself told them that’s what he was planning on doing. The police report contained little information, according to the newspaper, and the details will likely emerge in the coming months as the case moves forward. Having two loaded guns after police were already called to your house isn’t a great spot to be in, but it also doesn’t mean Quinn is guilty of attempted murder.
Our Clay County Gun Crimes Attorney specializes in cases where people are charged with serious felonies and possession of firearms. Our criminal defense firm knows that even if a situation may look one way to police in the heat of the moment, there are other options to be presented to the state attorney assigned to the case or even to a jury.
If you need a criminal defense attorney in Orange Park or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Clay County Criminal Lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.