A political disagreement on Facebook between strangers in Tampa last month ended with one of them being arrested. Brian Sebring, 44, was arrested in connection with an incident involving Alex Stephens, age 46, the alleged victim.
Both men have prior criminal records. Sebring previously had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges and attended an anger management class. Stephens has a felony record and served time in state prison for among others, robbery and cocaine possession. His latest term ended in 2016.
The incident apparently began over a comment Sebring made to a friend’s post about Donald Trump. Stephens apparently commented too and noted that, as a convicted felon without the right to vote he nonetheless wanted to share his political opinion. Sebring replied that if people wish to voice their political opinion, they shouldn’t’ engage in criminal activity and instead be productive members of society. Continue reading