Miami (February 19, 2019)
With the completion of the final interviews on Friday of witnesses regarding the Martin Luther King Day incident which led to the initial charging of Mark Bartlett with Carrying a Concealed Firearm, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announces that additional criminal charges have been filed. Utilizing the Hate Crimes Enhancement created by the Florida Legislature to provide stiffer penalties for a conviction when an offense was motivated by prejudice, Mark Bartlett now faces the following charges:
3 Counts – Aggravated Assault with Prejudice – (Enhanced to a 2nd Degree Felony)
1 Count – Improper Exhibition of a Firearm – (Enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony)
1 Count – Carrying a Concealed Firearm – (3rd Degree Felony) State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle will be available this afternoon to add some additional comments to this information.
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