We know all too well here at Sword and Scale that crime victims do not always get a chance to see justice properly served to their perpetrators. Defense attorneys find loopholes allowing their clients to receive startlingly minimal jail time or in some cases, we see that justice is never served at all due to a lack of evidence. But then there are other times where the planets seem to align and those perpetrators learn the hard way that crime doesn’t pay.
When 19-year-old Terrion Pouncy decided to rob two people at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Halloween he thought he was in for easy money. Making off with cash, wallets, and cellphones, Pouncy took off running through Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood. Placing his gun in his waistband, Pouncy believed he would make a clean getaway. Until his gun accidentally discharged.
Pouncy had shot himself right in the family jewels. When police arrived on the scene they found Pouncy in serious condition. He was taken to Christ Medical Center for treatment before being released back into police custody. His bond hearing is scheduled for November 2, 2017.
While Pouncy may have learned a hard lesson by suffering the unintended, yet hilarious, consequences for his actions, he is hardly the first person to shoot himself in the junk during the commission of a crime.
On September 6, 2015, 43-year-old convicted felon Donald Watson was taken to a Sioux Falls, South Dakota hospital for treatment after suffering from a gunshot wound to the penis. When questioned by police about the incident, Watson claimed that he had been taking out the trash when he was accosted by an unknown “black guy.” Watson’s neighbor, however, had an entirely different recollection of what went down the evening Watson had suffered the injury.
It was believed that Watson had been inside his apartment when suddenly the neighbor reportedly heard loud, “anguished” screaming coming from the residence. After police discovered bullet traces and an empty gun case at Watson’s apartment, he confessed that he had accidentally discharged the weapon while attempting to purchase the gun illegally. He was later sentenced to serve five years in prison after he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In July of 2017, another convicted felon faced charges after he accidentally sat on a gun that had been placed in his driver’s seat.
Cedrick Jelks, 38, of Jacksonville, Florida pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in 2004, awarding him a felony conviction. While possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by a minimum of three years in prison under Florida law, Jelks may not have popped up on anyone’s radar if the gun he had been holding hadn’t accidentally discharged into his penis.
A good Samaritan noticed Jelks was wounded when he came to her door covered in blood and rushed him to a nearby hospital. Local sources reported that Jelks underwent surgery for his injuries but it was not clear whether or not police decided to charge the man for possessing the gun.