Lumpkin v. State, 86-3058

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Citation510 So.2d 1164,12 Fla. L. Weekly 1955
Docket NumberNo. 86-3058,86-3058
Parties12 Fla. L. Weekly 1955 Aaron Anthony LUMPKIN, Appellant, v. The STATE of Florida, Appellee.
Decision Date11 August 1987

Bennett H. Brummer, Public Defender, and Bierman, Sonnett, Shohat & Sale and Ira N. Loewy, Sp. Asst. Public Defender, for appellant.

Robert A. Butterworth, Atty. Gen., and Richard L. Polin, Asst. Atty. Gen., for appellee.



Aaron Lumpkin appeals from his convictions and sentence for robbery and burglary. We find no merit in Lumpkin's challenge of his convictions. We, therefore, affirm his convictions and limit our discussion to Lumpkin's appeal of his sentence. We reverse the sentence and remand for re-sentencing.

The recommended sentence under the guidelines was nine to twelve years. The trial court sentenced Lumpkin to seventeen years, citing three reasons for its upward departure: 1) "that the crime, as perpetrated, created extreme risk to the physical safety of [the victims]"; 2) "that the perpetration of the crime reflected a heightened degree of premeditation"; and 3) "that the crime created extreme psychological trauma to the victims and their family." None of these reasons warrant departure.

Extreme risk to the physical safety of the victims of an armed robbery is inherent in the nature of the crime. Thorne v. State, 496 So.2d 891 (Fla. 2d DCA 1986); Olive v. State, 489 So.2d 893 (Fla. 3d DCA 1986). It is therefore already factored into the guidelines and is an invalid reason for departure. Thorne, Olive, see State v. Mischler, 488 So.2d 523 (Fla.1986); Williams v. State, 492 So.2d 1308 (Fla.1986); Steiner v. State, 469 So.2d 179 (Fla. 3d DCA), review denied, 479 So.2d 118 (Fla.1985). Likewise, premeditation is an inherent element of armed robbery and is, therefore, not a clear and convincing reason for upward departure. Campos v. State, 488 So.2d 677 (Fla. 4th DCA 1986); Knowlton v. State, 466 So.2d 278 (Fla. 4th DCA), review denied, 476 So.2d 675 (Fla.1985); Carney v. State, 458 So.2d 13 (Fla. 1st DCA 1984), aff'd, 476 So.2d 165 (Fla.1985).

The third reason given for departure, namely, psychological trauma to the victims, is also not a valid reason for departure unless the trauma results from extraordinary circumstances not normally accompanying the crime, State v. Rousseau, 509 So.2d 281, 284 (Fla. 1987); McCray v. State, 503 So.2d 995 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987), or "the victim has a discernible physical manifestation resulting from the psychological trauma." Rousseau, 509 So.2d at 284 (Fla.1987); see State v. Cote, 487 So.2d 1039 (Fla.1986); Tompkins v. State, 483 So.2d 115 (Fla. 2d DCA 1986). Cf. Casteel v. State, 498 So.2d 1249 (Fla.1986) (emotional trauma valid ground for departure where woman sexually assaulted in presence of her child). The record in this case contains no evidence that the psychological trauma experienced by the victims was unusually greater than that normally experienced by the victims of armed robbery, and there was no claim of any resulting physical manifestations. Nor is the alleged psychological trauma experienced by members of the victims' families a valid reason for departure in the instant case. 1 While emotional and psychological trauma to members of a victim's family who witness the crime may be a valid reason for upward departure in some circumstances, see Moreira v. State, 500 So.2d 343 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987) (psychological trauma to victim's relatives valid reason for upward departure where victim tied up and abducted from his home in the presence of relatives who were also threatened at gunpoint); cf. Casteel, 498 So.2d at 1253 ("[T]he emotional trauma experienced by the victim's son who witnessed the sexual assault on his mother may also serve as a clear and convincing reason for departure"); Olive, 489 So.2d at 894 ("trauma experienced by a witness of a crime upon a family member has been recognized as a valid consideration in sentencing"), the existence of the psychological trauma must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. See Hankey v. State, 485 So.2d 827 (Fla.1986); Mischler, 488 So.2d at 523; Ortagus v. State, 500 So.2d 1367 (Fla. 1st DCA 1987). Since the record contains no evidence that tends to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the family members of the victims in the instant case suffered psychological trauma from witnessing the crime, the trial judge erred in departing from the sentencing guidelines recommended sentence on that basis. Cf. Ortagus, 500 So.2d at 1367 (blanket assertion by trial court insufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that family members who witnessed victim's shooting suffered emotional trauma). The unsupported comment made in the presentence...

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  • Williams v. State, 87-1792
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • June 13, 1989
    ...for departure. Hansbrough v. State, 509 So.2d 1081 (Fla.1987); Hamm v. State, 521 So.2d 354 (Fla. 2d DCA 1988); Lumpkin v. State, 510 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987). The fourth reason given for departure, the victim's known vulnerability due to excessive drinking, is also invalid. The record......
  • Vidal v. State, 86-2850
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • December 29, 1987
    ...inherent in the crime, and do not constitute a clear and convincing reason to depart from sentencing guidelines. See Lumpkin v. State, 510 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987). A sentence based on valid as well as invalid reasons for departure from sentencing guidelines must be reversed and remand......
  • Crosby v. State, 87-495
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • January 21, 1988
    ...was endangered. There were no persons involved in either crime other than the defendant and the two victims. Compare Lumpkin v. State, 510 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987); Abdullah v. State, 510 So.2d 621 (Fla. 2d DCA 1987) and Thorne v. State, 496 So.2d 891 (Fla. 2d DCA 1986) with Scurry v. ......
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    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 17, 1990
    ...doubt. Casteel v. State, 498 So.2d 1249 (Fla.1986); State v. Mischler, 488 So.2d 523 (Fla.1986). See and compare Lumpkin v. State, 510 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987) (record contained no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that victims' family members suffered psychological trauma fr......
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