No Charges For UF Grad Student Shot By Police
More than three months after the shooting of University of Florida graduate student, Kofi Adu-Brempong, after a violent standoff with Police; State Attorney Bill Cervone says he doesn't plan to prosecute him.
This announcement comes after the five University of Florida Police Officers involved in the incident were cleared of any wrongdoing on May 21st.
The State Attorney's Office and Adu-Brempong have entered into a deferred prosecution agreement regarding the two charges filed by UPD against Adu-Brempong.
Those charges are aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an Officer with violence--both felonies.
On March 2nd, UPD officers were called to Adu-Brempong's apartment and ultimately one of the officers shot him.
Basically what this means for Adu-Brempong is that as long as he stays out of trouble for the next 36 months, the charges will be dropped.
As part of the agreement, Adu-Brempong will have to continue mental health counseling and show proof of continued compliance throughout the process.
State attorney's officials say the deferred prosecution is somewhat unusual in a case dealing with charges of this nature.
"In this particular situation obviously the mental health component is a very strong factor for us to deal with," said spokesman Spencer Mann.
Adu-Brempong's attorney says he's also happy with the outcome.
"We think this is a great result for him. We think he's pleased with it. We think his family is pleased with it and we think it's an excellent outcome, " Larry Turner told TV20 News.
Turner says his client is recovering but still using a feeding tube.
He also says that Adu Brempong is still having a hard time speaking and needs more surgeries.
Also, according to Turner, Adu Brempong is planning on filing a civil suit against UPD and the University of Florida.
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