Fla. police want stiffer penalties for hoax guns

By Christine Show
The Orlando Sentinel

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — When Orange County deputy sheriffs made arrests in the recent armed robbery of a Metro PCS cell-phone store, one of the two suspects knew he would avoid a harsh penalty.

The man told deputies they couldn't charge him with robbery with a firearm — a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in ...
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