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Gains v. State

Florida District Court of Appeal
417 So.2d 719 (1982)


Facts

Michael Gains and Lonnie Williams (Lonnie) (defendants) robbed a bank with a juvenile accomplice while armed with handguns. The three men took approximately $1,000 from one bank teller and $26,000 from another teller. Gains, Lonnie, and their accomplice then calmly walked out of the bank with their guns and the money concealed. They walked slowly to a car that was parked facing away from the bank on the far side of the parking lot. Joseph Williams (Joseph) (defendant) was waiting in the car in the driver’s seat. When the three men got in Joseph drove slowly away in a normal manner, obeying the speed limit and traffic signals. The police were alerted and a police car attempted to stop the mens’ vehicle. The police officer saw the passengers inside the car suddenly start talking to Joseph, after which Joseph changed the way he was driving in an attempt to elude the police. After a brief chase, during which Lonnie fired his gun at the police car, the getaway car crashed. Gains, Lonnie, and Joseph were apprehended, charged, and each convicted of two counts of armed robbery. Joseph’s conviction rested upon accomplice liability. Gains, Lonnie, and Joseph appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McCord, J.)

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