Shooting Victim Walks into Court, Despite Doctor’s Prognosis
BROOKSVILLE – 27-year-old Michael Allen Lynch, the man charged with shooting his girlfriend in the back at her home on December Lane last December, made his second appearance in front of Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. during a Pretrial Hearing, early this morning. (ORIGINAL REPORT)
Lynch faces charges of Discharging a Weapon inside a Dwelling and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Domestic), after shooting his girlfriend in the back with a .45 cal. Handgun. Lynch allegedly fired shots from an AK-47 after deputies arrived on the scene, but he was taken into custody without incident.
Accompanied by family and friends, the victim, 31-year-old Jamie Justice sat in the front of the courtroom and watched as Lynch stood before Judge Merritt Jr. alongside Defense Attorney Robert Morris.
We met with Jamie outside the courtroom and asked how she felt seeing Lynch for the first time since the night of the shooting. Justice said “I feel full of hate… I just hate what he did to me.” When asked what she thought a fair punishment would be for Lynch, she said “I want him to get what he deserves and I think that would be life in prison.”
Jamie underwent nine surgeries, during the 29 days she spent inside Bayonet Point Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Despite doctor’s claims that she would never walk again, Jamie has made an incredible recovery and is walking completely unassisted for short distances.
Jamie returned to her residence on December Lane recently, where she hopes to once again, make it a home.
Lynch remains behind bars held without bond.
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