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‘Mooning’ Incident Leads To Fatal Shooting

November 11, 1987

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a fatal shooting that was sparked by a ″mooning″ incident, prosecutors said.

Antonio Favino was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to manslaughter.

Favino shot 25-year-old James Carroll on Sept. 7 in a Jacksonville intersection, said Assistant State Attorney John Ledbetter.

The two had been drinking together that day, then went to a target range and left in different trucks.

Witnesses said on the way home, Carroll dropped his pants and began ″mooning″ Favino and his passengers.

At an intersection, Carroll jumped from the truck he was in and began running around naked, the prosecutor said.

Favino became angry and attempted to stop Carroll, but he refused to get back into the truck.

Favino took one of the guns they had used in target practice and pointed it at Carroll, said Ledbetter.

″It appeared that the defendant thought the gun was unloaded, and there is evidence he thought that,″ said Ledbetter.

When Favino pulled the trigger, the gun fired and killed Carroll, Ledbetter said.

Favino originally was charged with second-degree murder. He was to have stood trial on that charge on Sept. 30, but a mistrial was declared shortly after opening arguments when a woman interrupted the court with shouts branding the defense attorney’s arguments as ″a bunch of lies.″

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