U.S. Airman. Father. Son.

U.S. Airman. Father. Son.
All we want is justice for Michael.

While on active duty with the Unites States Air Force and stationed in Tampa, Florida, in 2010 Michael Giles, a native of Atlanta, Georgia was invited by a friend to a party in Tallahassee, Florida. Shorty after arriving at their destination the group found themselves in a volatile atmosphere. Several brawls broke out at the party involving various groups. This caused the entire club of patrons to be pushed outside by security. In the midst of the chaos Michael was separated from his friends, the only two people he knew in the area. His only intention to returning to the vehicle was in hopes of finding his friends and leaving, all the while trying to avoid the aggressors in the crowd. While waiting for his friends at the car he became uncomfortable waiting alone, and was worried he would be singled out because he had no one with him.
The parking lot where they parked was extremely small and various groups were walking between the cars arguing and yelling. He decided at that point it might be best to try to find his friends and convince them to leave as soon as possible. He did not return to the club and did not interact directly with anyone; he was simply defending himself in an extremely hostile environment. Witnesses on the scene described the brawl that had continued in the parking lot as mayhem, dangerous, and even deadly. Several individuals in the crowd were overheard mentioning shooting and the fraternities fighting began calling in reinforcements. Soon several cars pulled up and the two groups broke into another huge brawl. Witnesses stated there were between 20-40 people fighting. Michael tried his best to avoid the crowd and the groups of men fighting when all of a sudden he was rushed by a crowd of people from the front. He tried to move but his unknown attacker struck him from behind, at which point he fell to the ground. With so many people fighting around him and his attacker close by, Michael fired his weapon, striking his attacker in the leg in an attempt to get away from the fighting.

Mike and his son the summer before sentencing.

Later during trial his attacker admitted to not knowing Michael. Several witnesses stated that Michael was just standing to the side not provoking anyone, or causing a commotion. They testified that his attacker had been acting erratically the entire night and apart of several of the fights that had broken out previously. A close friend of Michael's attacker even stated that she was worried he would seriously injure or kill someone if he did not stop. His attacker admitted in open court "I wanted to hit the next person I saw". He admitted that Michael did nothing provoke him.
Michael had a legal right to carry and conceal. He has been trained to handle a fire arm by the United States Airforce and was in an area he had a legal right to be. He was attacked, and defended himself. He feared that the angry mob would turn on him and he would be killed or seriously injured. He fired his weapon to get away from his attackers, and is now serving a 25 year sentence in Florida.
Believing he was within his rights to defend himself Michael, he was never offered a plea deal from the state, and was yet convicted to a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. His Judge stated that he felt the evidence presented did not justify a 25 year sentence and if he could, he would give him an alternative sentence. But due to the current mandatory minimum law he was forced to give Michael the 25 years. The officer who prepared Michael's sentencing recommendation reported that she felt Michael should be sentenced to probation due to his clean criminal record, him defending himself, lack of a violent history, & his dedication to serving in U.S Airforce. The state rejected her recommendation and pushed for the 25 years.
We are urging the public to contact the major news networks, the Florida State Attorney’s Office, or even the Governor of Florida. Your voice matters! Learn more about how to get involved at EmPower Magazine.

Michael's family is now working tirelessly to fight for their son, but they could use your help. Please visit their petition and sign for Michael. Please also share this site and his petition with your friends and family.

Michael's Petition
We greatly appreciate the public's help and support! Any donations to help bring Michael home are greatly appreciated! All donations will go to help with legal fees.

Donations may also be made at any Wells Fargo branch under the account name, Justice for Mike


What people who know him have to say about his character.

"I have worked with Amn Giles (as a co-worker) for over 2 years and in that time I have never seen him lose his temper or even raise his voice to anyone. He is one of the most humble members of our work center. I have always known him to be people-oriented, team player, and devoted. When the times get tough, he always has something funny to say which brought a laugh or smile to our workshop to boost morale."

D. Jimenez, SrA, USAF

"I very much enjoyed working with him because he could joke around while still getting the job done and he was a good listener if you had any issues. Another reason I enjoyed working with him is because he was someone to look up to, the reason being is he didn't curse ever and had a certain spiritual aspect about him that made you want to strive to be a better person and Airman."

H. Weaver, SrA, USAF

"Prison, from what I understand, is for terrible people who are a danger to themselves and society and I respect the court system for that. However, I also know that Michael Giles is not one of those individuals and keeping him where he is now will not be in the best interest for the state of Florida and the country itself."

K. Cecil, Sra, USAF

"Despite his young age, he carried himself with more maturity than most Airmen. Whenever I needed assistance, Amn Giles was the first person I would turn to. His day-to-day conduct was impressive. I respected his positive attitude and personality immediately; soon he became a trusted friend."

J. RODRIGUEZ, MSgt, USAF


Why should you care? Because this could happen to someone you love.

Michael is not the first and he will not be the last, unless we act now! There are other cases in the state of Florida where citizens with no criminal record, history of violence, or malice toward their attackers have been arrested and sentenced to the Florida Mandatory minimum 10-20-life law. They are people who were simply defending themselves or their families.

You can write Michael at:

Michael Giles N24391
11064 N.W. Dempsey Barron Rd
Bristol, Florida 32321

Write the governor:

Govenor Rick Scott
State of Florida The Capital
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Email: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/
(850) 488-7146

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