Earlier this fall, John Nolan Henry III, an Oakland rapper, was acquitted of cutting off a homeless man’s four fingers in a 2015 confrontation at a Jack in the Box.
The altercation began when Henry hit James McCormick with his vehicle in the drive-thru lane at the fast food chain. McCormick proceeded to repeatedly pound the windows of the car, when Henry reportedly grabbed a machete to attempt to scare off the homeless man. McCormick later followed Henry to his nearby home, while under the influence of methamphetamine. Henry then, in what he claimed was self-defense, accidentally severed McCormick’s fingers from the knuckle line. The jury agreed, netting Henry an acquittal for the assault charges against him.
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