We often discuss how defendants undermine their cases with statements to the press or on social media. The latest example is John McGraw, 78, who assaulted a protester, 26-year-old Rakeem Jones, at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina. Despite already being in hot water over the disgraceful attack, McGraw told Inside Edition “Next time we see him, we might have to kill him!” That should make for an interesting sentencing hearing.
McGraw appears quite proud of being a thug. He added “We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.” Well, that assumption is more likely to be made to the guy who violently attacked someone who was protesting a presidential candidate.
The attack was not only criminal but cowardly. Jones was being escorted out and McGraw sucker punched him. He then bragged on television: “You bet I liked it . . . Knocking the hell out of the big mouth.”
McGraw, a retired horse handler and artist, is now charged him with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Given his lack of remorse and subsequent implied threat, the court should impose the maximum penalty. I cannot imagine a fair sentencing that would not include jail time given McGraw’s behavior and post-arrest statements.