From the Tampa Bay Times online, an argument between patrons at a pizza parlor results in prison for a local man...
It started with a special order. The victim, tired after a day of dirt biking ran into Little Caesars pizza on 4th street in Saint Petersburg. Ignoring the take out pizzas, he special ordered one and proceeded to wait...and wait...and wait.
Seeing other customers get their food quickly, the self-proclaimed "hot head" began to complain about not getting his food. When an employee allegedly made a comment back to the victim, he proceeded to explode, yelling and cussing throughout the restaurant.
That was when "M.J.", the defendant spoke. A slight man, giving up six inches of height and 30 pounds to the victim, M.J. told the victim to watch his language. M.J. told the victim that there were women present. The victim began a yelling match with the defendant. They got in each others faces and M.J. was shoved. This would prove to be a fateful error on both of their parts...
M.J. later told the police he was in fear for his life. A carrying concealed firearm holder, he panicked when he saw the look in the eyes of the victim. He pulled out his firearm and shot the man once in the torso. The victim looked at him in shock and wrestled for the gun. During the tussle, the victim was shot a second time in the side.
Being shot twice, the victim ran outside still sharing verbal jabs with M.J. The defendant, for his part unloaded his revolver and waited for the police.
The victim spent a night in the hospital but miraculously he did not suffer any permanent harm from his wounds. The defendant on the other hand was arrested for aggravated battery and throwing a deadly missile within a building (the latter charge dropped before the first court hearing).
Because a firearm was used and because of Florida's 10/20/life statute, M.J. was facing 25 years to life in prison. A deal worked out between the state attorney's office and his Saint Petersburg criminal defense lawyer resulted in a three year prison sentence followed by probation.
At his sentencing date, M.K. was surrounded by friends and family, extolling the virtues of a man who made a bad mistake. The Judge disagreed, mentioning that anytime violence and/or firearms are used bad things happen. The Judge mentioned that he would have given the man 10 years.
The victim for his part has moved on from the shooting and was currently looking for a personal injury attorney to sue Little Caesars. His reasoning? The victim "insists that if the cook had just made his thin-crust vegetable pizza, or not been rude about it, none of this would have ever happened".