Quincy business owner found guilty in stun gun case
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:27:41 GMT —
An Adams County jury says a downtown restaurant owner unlawfully used a stun gun in a dispute with a customer, according to the State's Attorney.
The jury Tuesday found AJ's Dawgs owner Angela Flachs guilty of aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon, according to court records.
The conviction stems from an early-morning incident on April 21 that took place after Flachs argued with an unruly customer, State's Attorney Jon Barnard said.
Prosecutors presented a case that Flachs followed the customer out of the store and shot her with a stun gun, Barnard said.
While owning a stun gun doesn't require special licensure, Barnard said it's how it is used that decides whether it's criminal use or otherwise.
"It's a dangerous weapon," he said. "but so is a baseball bat or a ball point pen. It's designed to shock and stun people. It's not categorized as a firearm or a Taser, but depending on how it's used, it can be dangerous."
Flachs was represented by attorney Brett Jansen. Jansen presented a defense that Flachs felt threatened after the argument, Barnard said.
Assistant State's Attorney Laura Keck was able to convince the jury that the argument was over and that Flachs pursued the victim outside of the restaurant, Barnard said.
"The dispute was essentially over," Barnard said. "The customer, the victim, left and the store owner came out and deployed her stun gun."
A third charge of aggravated battery use of a deadly weapon was dropped, according to court records.
Flachs is scheduled for sentencing at 2:30 p.m. March 20.