It was a rainy, lonely morning in Gadsden County, Florida. Patrick Louis Linn was resolved to the fact that he would never feel the touch that had rocked him to the core all those years ago. That rainy, lust filled night in Havana was but a faint memory, growing more distant with each passing day. But wait! What if he could feel those feelings again? What would one more day of passion hurt? He could be in and out in a matter of minutes and the risk of getting caught paled in comparison to the joy he would feel from that sweet horse’s touch. With that, the decision was made to have another date with his love. One last meeting of star crossed lovers… Unfortunately for Mr. Linn, his date never climaxed as he was confronted not with his equine lover, but Gadsden County Sheriff Deputies as he entered his unwilling lover’s barn. Upon seeing Deputies, Linn fled into the nearby woods only to be arrested and taken to jail on Burglary, trespassing, resisting an officer, and a “sexual activities involving animals” charge per Florida Criminal law 828.126.
In terms of potential penalty Linn’s biggest concern is not a sexual activities with animals charge, but the Burglary charge as it is at minimum a third degree felony under Florida law carrying with it a maximum penalty of five years in the department of corrections. Because this isn’t Linn’s first rodeo with the ponies, having just been released from prison in May, for burglary convictions based on similar “activities,” he will no doubt be seeing more prison time. Odd as it may be, in Florida, sexual activities with animals is but a first degree misdemeanor punishable by only 11 months, 29 days in a county jail. To boot, it seems this law had difficulty being passed as it failed twice before finally being passed on its third attempt in 2011. Florida? Hello? Third time’s a charm on a “no boom boom with the dog” law!?!?!? Seems to me we’re a little behind the 8 ball on this one?
As Clearwater criminal lawyers and prosecutors, my colleagues and I have seen and heard just about every twisted, wild, and perverted story out there. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as indefensible as a bestiality charge when caught red handed. Perhaps Mr. Linn’s criminal attorney can mount a defense that he was not witnessed engaging the act and that he was there but for shelter albeit doubtful. I’ve tried enough cases to a jury to know that if it doesn’t pass the smell test, you’re work is cut out for you. If prints or DNA were left on any of the items previously left behind or Linn makes an admission to his actions, his ship is summarily sunk. One thing is certain, Mr. Linn’s court appearances will be awkward.
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