When the weekend comes around, people like to unwind and have a good time. For many people that means having some drinks. So long as it’s done in moderation, there’s nothing wrong with tipping back a few on a Friday night.
But when “one more” turns into “one too many,” that’s when you get into trouble. When one man got a little more than tipsy, he would find out that situations that are easy to handle while sober can become deadly while not…
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The Weekend’s Here
Michael Augustine was having himself a heck of a time. It was a Friday night, the cusp of the weekend, and he’d decided that he was going to do this weekend right. To that end, the Missouri man decided he was going to have a few drinks.
Let’s Tie One On
As often happens when you’re out drinking and of a certain state of mind, a few drinks will turn into a few more drinks, which turns into still more. As the hours of the night went by, Augustine had accomplished his goal. He was “well toasted,” so to speak…
At My Limit
Late in the evening and feeling fine, Augustine assessed his situation. He determined that he’d had enough to drink and his wallet had taken enough of a beating. The time had come to return home and recuperate.
Looking Forward To Bed
Augustine made his way safely to his front door happy that his night had gone totally to plan. He was looking forward to the uniquely pleasant feeling of laying his head down on his pillow and shortly after, being dead to the world for the next few hours. But as he tried to get into his house, something was wrong…
My Key’s Not Working
For some reason, Augustine was having trouble with his key — maybe he was more intoxicated than he thought. As he struggled with the lock, the door swung open and he was met with a completely unexpected sight. Some other guy was in his house.
Who the Heck?
Augustine didn’t recognize the guy at all. Though he’d been drinking, he had his wits about him enough to recognize what was going on. This man had broken into his home with the intent to rob him and Augustine wasn’t going to stand for it…
Sizing Him Up
Augustine could see that the man was unarmed, which meant he wasn’t expecting to run into anyone. Even though the intruder was probably sober, he looked to be an older guy, maybe 60 years old. So with a belly full of liquid bravery, Augustine rushed the man.
Maybe it was the alcohol, but the intruder was putting up more of a struggle than Augustine expected. Despite his age, the older man knew how to handle himself in a fight. But eventually, the younger, stronger Augustine managed to wrestle him to the ground. Holding the man pinned and in a chokehold, Augustine dialed 911…
Holding Him Down
Augustine told the dispatcher about the break in, gave them the address to his home, then turned his attention back to subduing the intruder until the police arrived. As the minutes went by, the pinned man grew more and more passive.
Where Are They?
But when police got to Augustine’s address, they were the ones who were in for a surprise — no one was there. The 911 call had seemed real enough, but perhaps the intruder had somehow overpowered Augustine and abducted him. The police decided to look in the surrounding area for clues as to what happened…
Trouble Up The Block
It didn’t take them long to notice that the front door to one of the homes about a block up the street was wide open. When they went to investigate, there they found Augustine. He was still pinning the man he fought with, who was completely unconscious at this point.
Augustine told the cops “that’s right. I f****ed him up!” As the officers heard his slurred words and smelled the alcohol on his breath, it became clear what had happened. Augustine had been so drunk that he’d gone to the wrong home and mistaken the man inside for an intruder…
Tending to the Victim
At the moment, Augustine’s foolish mistake wasn’t the officers’ primary concern. The man he’d beaten up, the 60-year-old Clifton King, was completely unresponsive and without a pulse. The officers called for an ambulance in hopes that he could be resuscitated.
Trying to Save Him
When the paramedics arrived, they did their best to bring life back to the hapless victim. Hearing the sirens and commotion, some of the neighbors on the block watched on as they tried for nearly an hour to revive Clifton. Eventually, they loaded him into their ambulance and took him to the hospital. Ultimately, their efforts failed and Clifton was pronounced dead…
Some of the neighbors felt guilty that they hadn’t called the police themselves when they heard the sounds of the fight break out between Clifton and Augustine. There are often arguments on the block and most of the neighbors thought it was better not to get involved.
A Fine Neighbor
But to any of his neighbors’ knowledge, Clifton hadn’t been involved in any of those arguments before. He had a reputation of being friendly and kind and, for those that knew him, he was a great neighbor to have…
The reason Clifton had put up such a strong fight, despite being ambushed by a much younger man is he was a military veteran. “He served our country and that was not an honorable way to treat him,” one neighbor said.
That same neighbor added “I think it’s sad. It’s sad! Someone had to give up their life because someone was so messed up they didn’t know it wasn’t their home.” By anyone’s reckoning, Clifton’s death had been completely senseless…
Pay for What You’ve Done
For his foolish and deadly mistake, Augustine was charged with first degree manslaughter. He was held in jail until he was able to post $150,000 bond. Rather than return home to face the accusing glares of his neighbors, Augustine moved out of the area as he awaited trial.
Moderation Is Key
Maybe Clifton should have been more careful before he opened his front door to a stranger in the night. Maybe his neighbors should have called the police sooner when they heard the fighting going on. One thing is for certain, Augustine should definitely have not gotten so drunk that he mistook someone else’s house for his own.