Man sentenced to nine years in prison for assault on gay couple

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was convicted of assault charges in relation to his assault of Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams with a wooden chair on May 5, 2015. The incident occurred at Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York. El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, September 15 for the offense.

While the media initially portrayed the incident as a hate crime because El-Amin could be heard saying the word “faggot” to the victims. it was later revealed that El-Amin is also gay. Smashing the victims over the head with a wooden chair was retaliation for an earlier altercation initiated by the victims.

According to court documents, the altercation was divided into three parts. First, the force that El-Amin initially employed could be considered self-defense, since Snipes started the altercation. Parts two and three, however, El-Amin continued his assault on Snipes and York-Adams, even as they made their surrender.

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Ezekiel Elliott won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

The Columbus Ohio City Attorney’s Office decided not to charge 21-year-old Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred in July. In question is the incident involving Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who authorities say provided “conflicting and inconsistent information”.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Tuesday, September 6 that the disciplinary board is still reviewing Elliott’s case since the league can punish a player even if he is not formally charged with a crime. In a statement, Elliott’s mother, Stacy Elliott said: “I’m very relieved. I want to thank Ezekiel’s legal team for its diligence.”

Thompson filed two police reports on July 22, 2016 that said Elliott abused her while they sat in a parked car. However, four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car with Elliott and Thompson at the time of the alleged abuse, said no abuse took place.

If you are charged with a crime, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for help with your case. We want to defend you and make sure your legal rights are protected. Call (214) 845-7007 for more information and to discuss your legal options.

Chris Brown arrested by LAPD for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman

27-year-old R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown was arrested by members of the Los Angeles Police Department last Tuesday, August 30 after a daylong standoff at Brown’s residence. Police booked Brown after a woman alleged that he pointed a gun at her.

LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said they responded to a woman who requested police assistance at around 3:11 a.m. at Brown’s house. The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team stood outside Brown’s house waiting as the LAPD obtained a search warrant. During that time, Brown posted on Twitter: If only the “SWAT TEAM” showed up at crime scenes when innocent lives get taken, like they show up at people house over dumb phone calls.

Brown also posted videos on Instagram that contained his lashes at the police: “When you get the warrant, whatever you need, you gonna walk right up in here, and you gonna see nothing, you idiots. I’m tired of (expletive) dealing with you all. Y’all the worst gang in the world, the police.”

The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who provide legal services to our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas, are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Playing Pokemon Go is not an excuse when you break the law

Rogge Dunn, a lawyer in Dallas, Texas, said when people violate the law while playing entertaining mobile games, such as the latest Pokemon Go, they “have to take personal responsibility for [their] own actions.”

Dunn added that courts have to be vigilant in ensuring that operators of these kinds of games are giving proper warning to players regarding the risks to playing their games. He noted, “Courts and juries are going to be looking at this very carefully to make sure that people that are bringing forth these games are doing so in a manner that doesn’t endanger the players of the game as well as the general public.”

Should someone attempt to give a “Pikachu defense,” it wouldn’t be the only time that someone blamed entertainment for their crimes. For instance, in the 1990’s, two teenagers who committed a robbery and killed the store clerk at a convenience store said they were influenced by watching the 1994 thriller Natural Born Killers.

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney during your criminal trials can give you the chance of getting your charges dismissed or reduced. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas can protect your legal interests and freedoms and can competently defend you in court. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation.

Teen son fatally shoots his parents

Former linebacker Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot in the 5300 block of Palmetto in Houston, Texas on Friday, July 29. Both of the victims were 42.

Armstrong, a Kashmere High School graduate who became an All-American player at Texas A&M University had a family of five that included his wife and three children – a 20-year-old, 16-year-old, and 12-year-old. The Armstrong’s operated a small chain of local fitness centers together and Antonio was an assistant pastor at a Gulfton-area congregation. It was one of Antonio and Dawn’s sons who allegedly opened fire on them in their townhouse, killing the mother instantly and hospitalizing the father at Memorial Hermann, where he later died as the result of his injuries.

Vaun Lee, a friend of the victims, said Antonio and Dawn were good parents who got along well with their children. According to Lee, “They are the family that everyone wanted to be like.”

 

Man shoots Waffle House robber

A man shot a robber armed with an AK-47 after the Waffle House where he was eating was robbed. The crime occurred at the restaurant along Interstate 35 in DeSoto on Thursday, July 7 around 2:30 a.m. Police are not charging the shooter with a crime.

According to police officers, the robber, identified as 26-year-old Antoine Cooper, came into the restaurant carrying an AK-47 with a large capacity magazine. He was wearing a hoodie and proceeded to rob several customers. All customers complied, but after the robber left the building, one restaurant patron followed Cooper out of Waffle House and shot him with his personal handgun. The case, including the robbery and the subsequent shooting, will be referred to a grand jury, Dallas County prosecutors said.

If you must stand trial for a crime, you should ensure that you have a defense attorney who will fight for your best interests. Improve your criminal defense strategy by hiring the legal services of an aggressive and competent legal defender at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas. Contact our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.

UT student’s suspected killer makes first court appearance

Meechaiel Criner, the homeless man who turned 18 a little more than a week ago, made his first court appearance on Friday, July 8.  Criner is charged as the primary suspect in the killing of University of Texas at Austin freshman Haruka Weiser.

Presiding Judge David Wahlberg discussed some routine defense motions for discovery and asked both panels when they thought Criner’s capital murder trial could commence. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office transferred Criner from an isolated holding cell at Travis County Jail in central Austin to the general population of the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. Police arrested Criner a week after Weiser was reported missing on April 3, 2016. Her body was found two days later on campus in Waller Creek near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Criner was recognized by campus-area firefighters from video footage that depicted the suspect.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send condolences to the friends and family of Haruka Weiser as they begin this trying time.

Texas appeals court lifts gag order in Waco biker shootout case

On Wednesday, June 15, The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals lifted the gag order formerly placed on the biker shootout case that happened in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The May 17, 2015 incident resulted in the death of nine people and caused injury to 18 others.

The gag order was issued in the case of Matthew Clendennen, who was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, by McLennan County State District Judge Matt Johnson. However, defense attorneys and the McLennan County district attorney’s office applied the gag order to most of the cases associated with the shootout. According to Clendennen’s legal counsel, Clint Broden, “The district attorney’s office disingenuously claimed to seek the gag order to preserve ‘the paramount importance [of] the trial rights of Mr. Clendennen’ despite the fact that its motives were very transparent.”

If you have been charged with a crime, such as organized criminal activity or murder, the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be able to offer you legal assistance. Contact us to find out more about our aggressive and committed criminal defense strategy by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

Prosecutors seek to revoke probation of man convicted of manslaughter

Prosecutors in Dallas County are seeking to revoke the probation of 30-year-old Leo Deleon, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2013 after he drove drunk and caused the death of 28-year-old Heather Holt.

A hearing was set last Wednesday, June 8 before Texas District Judge Teresa Hawthorne, the same judge who gave Deleon a probation sentence in the manslaughter case. This time Hawthorne must decide whether Deleon should serve a jail sentence for the fatal accident, which is made worse by Deleon’s leaving the scene of the accident. Prosecutors earlier tried to send Deleon to prison for violating the terms of his probation; in 2014, he tested positive for methamphetamine.

It is your legal right to have a competent criminal defense attorney at your side no matter your crime, as a strong defense strategy can help your case immensely. A fair trial is your right if you have been charged with a criminal offense, whether you are guilty or not. Seek out the legal services of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Rapper arrested after fatal T.I. concert shooting

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the concert of hip-hop artist T.I. at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Police have arrested 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper Roland Collins, who goes by stage name Troy Ave, on Thursday, May 26, saying video surveillance showed him firing a weapon as he entered the venue.

An associate of the shooter identified as Ronald McPhatter died during the shooting. He was part of Collins’ entourage. Approximately 1,000 people were inside the concert venue when the shooting occurred. A concertgoer, Maggie Heckstall, was shot in the leg, while another member of the audience was shot in the chest, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Police Commissioner William Bratton attributed the act to “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists, who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they did all their lives.”

Sometimes violent acts occur unexpectedly, placing a huge burden on both victims and perpetrators. The thoughts of the criminal defense attorneys at the [firm-name] are with the families and friends of all individuals involved in this incident.

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