This combination of booking photos provided by Polk County Sheriff's Office shows Courtney Irby on June 15, 2019 and her husband Joseph Irby on June 14.
The Florida State Attorney & # 39; s Office is urged not to prosecute a woman arrested for turning in her husband's arms to the police while in prison on domestic violence.
] After a divorce court on June 14, Joseph and Courtney Irby received an argument, according to an arrest report obtained by Lakeland Ledger. When Courtney Irby, 32, tried to go, her husband allegedly followed her, fell into her vehicle and forced her from the road, police said.
Joseph Irby, 35, was arrested on a domestic worsening battery charge, according to prison records. Courtney Irby told a respondent officer that "she feared for her life," said her husband's arrest report.
While Joseph Irby spent the night in prison, Courtney Irby went to his apartment and took his gun and gun.
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The next day Courtney Irby tried to turn the arms to Lakeland Police, citing a ban that required her husband to abandon the weapons, according to her arrest warrant.
Federal law bans people who are subject to violence from violence, but it is up to local law enforcement to enforce it under the Gifford's Law Center to prevent violence.
The official asked if she was allowed to enter his apartment and she said no, Ledger said.
"So you say you've committed an armed burglary?" said the official according to the arrest confirmation from the newspaper.
"Yes, I am," Irby replied, "but he would not turn them (the pistols) so I do."
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She was scarce on two bills of theft and a bill of armed burglary and imprisoned for six days, according to court records.
"We need to protect the rights of all citizens. When a case is brought to us, we must look at all sides of the case and arrive at the fairest conclusion we can get for everyone involved," said the Lakeland Ruben Garcia police chief to WFLA after fear of social media over the arrest.  A GoFundMe campaign created to raise money for Courtney Irby's legal and living expenses has increased nearly $ 7,000 from Monday night. State Secretary Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas urged not to prosecute Irby, saying it does "make a frightening precedent that if anyone seeks help to escape abuse, they will be punished for it. "
In a letter to Haas, Eskamani noted that while people convicted of domestic abuse cannot have arms under federal law, local law enforcement does not have the tools they need to apply these rules.
" These loopholes are important contributors to the mortal relationship between domestic violence and firearms, "she wrote." As Everytown's original survey shows: The presence of a weapon in a secret violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be murdered. "
Jacob Orr, An assistant attorney, Orlando Sentinel told prosecutors refugee & # 39; t decided whether or not we will "bring proceedings against Courtney Irby. She will appear in court on July 16th.
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