Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Grannies and Thugs

In an apparent effort to gain notoriety of the Gangstas and Thugs variety, Palm Beach County resident, Michael Alfinez, allegedly dressed up his elderly grandmother and instructed her to flash money and weapons for a video shoot in December 2007. The allegations in the probable cause affidavit are atrocious and responses such as "1908" to the officer's question on the current year likely impair Alfinez's Florida criminal defense attorney's ability to argue the grandmother's consent to the actions displayed in the video.

Specifically, the elderly woman shouts curse words and makes statements such as, "This is for all the pigs" and "I'll shoot you," while brandishing a weapon. At one point she is heard to exclaim, "F-L-A all day." Throughout the video, a male voice behind the camera tells the elderly woman exactly what to say and at one point pulls a black mask over her head.

Based upon what they viewed in the video, prosecutors charged Alfinez with abusing an elderly person, discharging a firearm in public and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon.

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