BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Shawn Antwon Hopkins, 30, was charged with felony battery by a person detained in a jail after allegedly attacking another inmate while they were watching a TV news story about the victim’s arrest.
An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy reported that he was provided video of the incident, showing several inmates watching the news on TV in a common area of the jail. After a story appeared about the victim’s arrest for child abuse, Hopkins allegedly became “suddenly irate” and grabbed the victim’s shirt to turn him around. He then allegedly pushed the victim, then picked him up and slammed him on the floor. At that point, other inmates broke up the fight.
Hopkins was booked into the jail on December 28, 2022, on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. He has three prior felony convictions and was being held on $100,000 bail. Judge Walter Green added $5,000 bail for the new charge.
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