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Giants’ DeAndre Baker, Seahawks’ Dunbar Could Be in Deep Trouble After Alleged Armed Robbery

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Giants' Baker, Seahawks' Dunbar Could Be in Deep Trouble After Alleged Armed Robbery

New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar face arrest warrants in Miramar, Florida for a number of counts of armed theft with a firearm—a cost that carries a most sentence of life in jail. The 2 additionally face fees for aggravated assault with a firearm, a conviction for which carries a potential five-year jail time period.

Baker and Dunbar are accused of partaking in a brazen, multi-person theft at a celebration in Miramar on Wednesday night time. In response to an affidavit filed by a Miramar detective in Broward County Circuit Court docket, issues on the celebration surfaced when Baker was seen with a gun in his hand and “pointing it at one of many attendees.”

Baker, in response to a witness whose title has been redacted, directed different attendees to take cash and valuables from folks on the celebration. Deandre Baker, the witness recollects, assisted Baker in taking these things. One other witness advised police that at a unique celebration two days earlier, Baker and Dunbar had misplaced about $70,000. This data, if verified, is doubtlessly vital. It may assist prosecutors argue that Baker and Dunbar had a motive: recoup their losses.

As well as, an unknown assailant who was sporting a pink masks allegedly took $800 in money and a Rolex Watch price $18,000. The assailant allegedly did so on the course of Baker, who can also be accused of directing the assailant to threaten to shoot an individual who had simply walked into the celebration.

The affidavit goes on to say {that a} witness noticed Baker level a gun at a partygoer, an incident which positioned the sufferer in worry for his life. The assailant within the pink masks then took from this man $7,000 in money and a Hublot Watch valued at $25,000. At one other level, Baker and an individual recognized solely as “Shy” had been taking part in playing cards with others when Baker and Shy pointed their firearms to take more cash and different valuables. The affidavit additionally claims that Deandre Baker Dunbar and different conspirators had pre-positioned their automobiles to “expedite a right away departure from the realm.” The affidavit additionally signifies that 5 witnesses (4 of whom are recognized as victims) spoke with the police. Makes an attempt by regulation enforcement to talk with Baker and Dunbar had been unsuccessful.

Each Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, have private ties to Miami. Baker, whom the Giants drafted with the No. 30 choice within the 2019 NFL Draft, is from Miami. He performed at Miami Northwestern Senior Excessive College earlier than starring on the College of Georgia. Dunbar attended Miami’s Booker T. Washington Excessive College and the College of Florida in Gainesville.

In response to stories, neither Deandre Baker nor Dunbar has been arrested right now. When they’re arrested, they’ll face fees that may alter their lives and NFL careers.

Beneath Florida regulation, every faces 4 counts of armed theft with a firearm, together with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Each are severe fees, however armed theft with a firearm is very grave. It refers to a theft the place the offender carries a firearm or different lethal weapon. To show the cost, prosecutors should present that Deandre Baker (and Dunbar) took cash or property with the intent to completely or quickly deprive a sufferer of the property and, in the middle of doing so, engaged in “the usage of drive, violence, assault or placing [the victim] in worry.” The cost turns into a felony within the first diploma when the offender carries a firearm or different lethal weapon.

As talked about above, a conviction can result in a most of life in jail. Neither Baker nor Dunbar would probably get anyplace close to a life sentence however would nonetheless face the prospect of spending years in jail. To that time, Florida has a compulsory minimal sentencing regulation, 10-20-Life, for felonies wherein a firearm is used or tried for use. Relying on what’s confirmed in court docket, the regulation may apply and require Baker and Dunbar (if convicted) to serve at the least 10 years behind bars.

Attainable defenses

Baker and Dunbar may have a possibility to supply a protection. Their greatest protection can be if they’ve an alibi and may present they weren’t on the celebration. That appears unlikely on condition that a number of eyewitnesses advised police they noticed Baker and Dunbar on the celebration and, in some circumstances, interacted with them. It’s additionally potential that digital proof, equivalent to surveillance cameras or images or movies taken on partygoers’ iPhone cameras, place Baker and Dunbar on the scene. A number of witnesses additionally recall seeing Baker holding or carrying a gun, and it’s alleged that Dunbar was additionally armed.

Assuming they had been on the celebration, Baker and Dunbar would possibly argue that they weren’t being severe and didn’t intend to dispossess anybody of things. The issue with such a protection is that a number of witnesses on the celebration clearly believed in any other case. There’s additionally no indication Baker and Dunbar returned objects to the victims. Baker and Dunbar may additionally assert that they had been the rightful homeowners of the objects or that they’d been involuntarily intoxicated—equivalent to being tricked into changing into drunk or excessive—and subsequently lacked the requisite intent to commit the crime. These and different varieties of defenses would should be corroborated.

Legislation enforcement may be interested by seeing if Baker or Dunbar can be keen to testify towards the opposite. Prosecutors may sooner or later supply one a deal the place he agrees to testify towards the opposite in change for leniency. Whereas the affidavit depicts each Baker and Dunbar as engaged in severe wrongdoing, Deandre Baker is portrayed as extra of the chief whereas Dunbar is depicted extra as an assistant. This might recommend {that a} conviction of Baker is a larger precedence.

Workforce, NFL and endorsement ramifications

Whereas the felony course of is, by far, a very powerful concern for Baker and Dunbar, they need to even be anxious about their NFL careers. Each might be disciplined or reduce by their groups or punished the league. But it’s potential that no group or league motion will probably be taken within the quick future. The 2020 common season doesn’t begin for an additional 4 months (assuming the season begins on time and isn’t postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic). There isn’t any urgency to separate Baker and Dunbar, each of whom are harmless till confirmed responsible.

In distinction, if the incident occurred through the season, each gamers might be positioned on the commissioner’s exempt listing, the place they might be separated from their groups however nonetheless paid. The listing can be utilized when a participant is formally charged with against the law of violence, that means one the place he’s accused “of getting used bodily drive or a weapon to injure or threaten one other particular person,” and the place the commissioner believes the participant might have dedicated the wrongful act.

Each gamers is also in jeopardy of dropping any endorsement offers. These offers probably comprise “morals clauses,” which enable the endorsed firm to chop ties with a player-endorser when she or he is related to an issue that damages the athlete’s picture or that of the corporate. Corporations normally wait to conduct fact-finding earlier than severing an endorsement deal.

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.

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