OCALA, Fla. – An Ocala woman who shot and killed her husband earlier this year was justified in doing so under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law the state attorney’s office said on Thursday.
Marion County deputies said Mark Penland, 53, was shot March 22 by his wife, Michelle Dinkins-Penland at the couple’s Ocala home.
Investigators said Penland had been verbally and physically abusing Dinkins-Penland’s 14-year old son.
Witnesses said Penland had previously threatened the teenager’s life and had broken several of his ribs.
On the night of the shooting, Penland attacked the teenager. During the beating, the child’s grandmother and Dinkins-Penland tried to get between them, but Penland threw the grandmother to the ground, authorities said.
Authorities said, Dinkins-Penland, who had a Florida concealed weapons permit, grabbed her gun and shot Penland twice.
The state attorney’s office said Thursday that Dinkins-Penland 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.”
Michelle Dinkins-Penland spoke with WESH TV after the March 22 shooting. “My husband was a good and kind man, he was also a military veteran. He just had some anger issues over the past years that he had been taking medication for,” she said.
“He was pulverizing my son and he pushed my mother down, and gave me a black eye. I did what I had to do,” she said adding, “I just lived every mother’s worst nightmare to protect my child.” Read more here.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW:
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