Florida woman who killed vi­o­lent hus­band is pro­tected un­der ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By

Laura Bult

AFlorida woman who fa­tally shot her abu­sive hus­band dur­ing her son’s birth­day party in March was jus­ti­fied in killing him un­der the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws due to “a rea­son­able fear” that her fam­ily mem­bers’ lives were im­per­iled by the un­hinged man.

Charges against Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land will be dropped af­ter a state at­tor­ney’s of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tion found she had the right to pro­tect her­self, her 14-year-old son and her mother when her PTSD-af­flicted hus­band, Mark Pen­land, snapped and be­gan beat­ing them dur­ing a bar­be­cue at their Ocala, Fla. home.

“Whether ap­ply­ing stand your ground or jus­ti­fi­able use of deadly force law, un­der the facts of this case, Dink­in­sPen­land was legally al­lowed to use deadly force based on a rea­son­able fear that her life, her mother’s life and cer­tainly her son’s life were in dan­ger,” ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments cited by the Ocala Star Ban­ner.

On March 22, po­lice were called to the cou­ple’s home in re­sponse to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance and, while po­lice were en route to the home, the call changed to a re­ported shoot­ing, the Ocala Post re­ported.

Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land, who had been mar­ried to Mark Pen­land for a year, was host­ing a birth­day cook­out for her teen son.

Her huffy hubby re­fused to sing Happy Birth­day to his step­son and went to the home’s back­yard to grill a piece of chicken for him­self, the Ocala Post re­ported.

When the boy went out­side to speak with his step­fa­ther, Mark Pen­land, 53, lashed out at the teen and pinned him to the ground.

Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land and her mother rushed to the boy’s aid but were thrown to the ground, beaten and punched while the de­ranged man yelled, “No, I’m go­ing to kill him.”

The back­yard tus­sle abruptly ended when Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land, a con­cealed carry owner, went in­side to grab her .38 cal­iber re­volver and fired two shots at her bel­liger­ent hus­band.

She tried to help re­sus­ci­tate her hus­band be­fore he was taken to the hos­pi­tal where he later died.

Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land posted to so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, thank­ing fam­ily and friends for the sup­port af­ter “a re­cent trau­matic tragedy.”

“We do get stronger ev­ery day be­cause of all of your prayers and God’s never-end­ing grace,” she wrote on her Facebook page, filled with photos of her and her late hus­band.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the state at­tor­ney’s of­fice found that Mark Pen­land had phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally abused his step­son for months lead­ing up to his death, at one point beat­ing him so badly the he cracked the young teen’s ribs, Or­lando.com re­ported.

Mark Pen­land’s fam­ily told the Ocala Star Ban­ner that he had suf­fered from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der from hav­ing served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years.

- NY Daily News

Michelle Dink­ins-Pen­land, who shot and killed her abu­sive hus­band, Mark Pen­land, dur­ing an at­tack on her, is jus­ti­fied in the killing un­der the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws.

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