Please help us with Karl's legal defense fees
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This is a request to help a young man who was protecting himself and his property. Karl was attempting to sell an iPhone when the purchaser grabbed the phone and fled on foot. More

Karl was attempting to sell an iPhone and agreed to meet the buyer in a public place. After discussing a sale price the buyer grabbed the phone and ran. Karl has a concealed carry permit and was carrying his firearm at the time. He drew his pistol and fired, striking would be thief once in the leg. The thief continued to run, and Karl did not believe it would be worth it to chase after him. He went back to his car, made his pistol safe, and then called 911 to report the incident and waited for the police to show up.

After telling the law enforcement officers what happened, Karl was arrested and charged with Armed Criminal Action and Assault. He believes that he is the victim, after all, his personal property was stolen. He was robbed of a very expensive item, and was only interested in his personal safety. He did not try to run away from his responsibility, he was compliant with everything the police officers asked of him. No one that I know is clairvoyant, things must have happened so fast that Karl made the best decisions he could in the milliseconds of time in which he had to process all of the information.

He is currently being held at Boone County Correctional Facility. Costs of legal representation alone could be as much as $40,000 if he is tried. There are also other costs associated with being incarcerated. He is being charged for basic necessities such as soap, socks, underwear, and toothpaste. And like many of us, he also has other financial obligations that he will not meet because if he hasn't already, he will be terminated from his place of employment. Without having a job, he is unable to pay his rent, and all of the other bills that will need to be taken care of while stuck in jail, unable to help himself.

Whether you agree with Karl’s actions or not, we hope you will agree that he is entitled to a solid defense and because of the circumstances surrounding this incident, a good defense is not going to be easy to put together. Please consider helping us help him. Everyone makes mistakes, and we all deserve a little kindness and a helping hand when we are down. Thank you for taking time to read this and your consideration.

 

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