Joshua billington one punch assault appeal dismissed
A judge has dismissed a fight that began in a South Florida nightclub where a pair of men were reportedly intoxicated.
A Palm Beach County court heard the men were walking down the street when Billington's brother-in-law, William "Willie" Johnson, asked them if they would fight after they drank heavily.
Billington told investigators he was afraid for his life and told Johnson, in response, that he was going to kill his brother if he tried to hurt him again.
Johnson and fellow friend, Mike Moore, agreed to go to a nearby bar and agreed to fight, according to the complaint.
They started playing a first-person game at the bar, then at a different bar nearby where they drank more beer while playing.
One of the men called his wife and told her to come to the scene and "go get her man," the complaint said.
When he told her, her face was turned to him and he screamed for his brother and told him his brother's mother was waiting at the entrance to the other bar, according to the complaint.
The friend called 911 after hearing the screaming of the victim and when police arrived at the club, they found no one there, but Johnson had been already taken to the hospital.
Johnson, 48, of South Daytona Beach, was arrested for domestic battery, resisting arrest and battery, and was ordered held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail.
Billington, 40, of Miami, was arrested for domestic battery, resisting arrest and battery, and was ordered held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail.
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In light of this, I thought I would share a few facts on the site. First, I do not share my personal opinions on any race and any ethnicity. My intention, is to contribute to the debate about how we address problems with violence. This is what leads to our society having a high level of violence in the first place. Secondly, I cannot deny that I am white. I am, however, not the type of white person to sit at home and pretend ignorance. It is only when the issue is about racism that my emotions begin to boil. I was born and raised in the suburbs, so I have little exposure to black people outside of this country, let alone in Canada. While I know there are black and brown kids here, that is where my identity is concentrated. I have a brother and his parents are white, so this is what I know. Thirdly, I have no interest in getting to the root of why certain kinds of violence are taking place in our society and how people react to it. Instead, I only care about the emotional responses people have. When you read your news, look to what seems to be the stories that have occurred over the past five years or so.
It should be noted that these are all facts, and if the information I present here were proven to be untrue, they are not meant to be facts. The only thing I am doing here is making a case for change on the issues. In the mean time, though, my hope is that by sharing such things, the community will come to understand why certain communities see the news and what it has to say about their lives.
My goal here is to get us thinking about issues that affect our community and to use this to help us address a problem that has been bubbling on the surface in the communities we are from. If these stories make it into the news and if people share the information and begin to make a difference for our community, then we can begin to move forward, as one community has done in many ways for the past 20 years.