Upset over Soda TaxA 36-year-old Chicago man named Nahshon Shelton has been accused of using a semi-automatic gun in a convenience store.  According to a source, “he didn't want to pay a 22-cent tax on a two-liter bottle of soda” so he took out "a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber semi-automatic gun and threatened to kill everyone.”  Although his behavior was completely uncalled for, I wonder if his anger had more to do with the IRS tax filing deadline than with the 22-cent soda tax?  What do you think?

Chicago Man Claims To Be “Tax Exempt"

Shelton apparently told police that he didn't have to pay for the soda tax because he was “tax exempt.”  His exact words: it "is my neighborhood, I'm tax exempt."  I would love to figure out what neighborhood he lives in, and move there.  It would be nice to be exempt from paying my taxes.

Authorities are charging Shelton with “aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and having an invalid Firearm Owner's Identification card.” This whole debacle was apparently also caught on video surveillance.

What Is Aggravated Assault?

Aggravated assault is a crime that generally occurs when one person attempts to cause serious injury to another person with a deadly weapon.  While the exact definition of aggravated assault will vary by state, the punishments for aggravated assault may include the following:

  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Fines
  • Mandatory anger management classes
  • Restitution to the victim
  • Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or weapon

Because the laws governing aggravated assault charges along with its defenses vary by state, it is important to speak to an attorney who is well versed in your state’s aggravated assault laws.

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