Basil Ghali was re-arrested but this time on a felony count of aggravated assault at 5:00 PM at his home on Lake Tobesofkee where the original shots were fired.. He had formerly been charged with only reckless conduct which is a misdemeanor.
Along with Basil his brother Kinnan Ghali was arrested on a willful obstruction of the law which is a misdemeanor.
The fishermen argued the charges did not fit the crime and the deputies had been punished more harshly than Basil Ghali who was in custody for less than an hour before he was bailed out.
According to District Attorney Cooke “Earlier today I met with Bibb County Sheriff investigators about the ongoing investigation into the shooting at Lake Tobesofkee. Based upon the evidence they provided to me and other members of my staff, we presented information to a Bibb County magistrate, who issued a warrant for Aggravated Assault against Basil Ghali. District Attorney Investigators arrested Mr. Ghali and took him into custody a short time later at his home on Lake Tobesofkee.”
If Basil Ghali is found guilty this carries a potential sentence of one to twenty years in prison.
We are working on obtaining copies of prior arrest incident reports from Michigan and will publish them here.
We will be updating this article as more information arrives so visit again for more details later.
Was The Handgun Turned in the Weapon Used To Fire at the Fishermen?
When Basil originally turned himself in he surrendered a 40 caliber handgun that did not contain a laser sight. The fishermen, who are also avid hunters and know guns well, distinctly remember not seeing a muzzle flash and vividly recall seeing the laser pointed at them. Typically a handgun will have a more visible muzzle flash at night, whereas rifles will generally have a less visible flash due to the longer barrel. (Not always but as a general rule of thumb)
Flash suppressors on rifles also tend to be more effective and make them more invisible at night over ones used on handguns. Suppressors also have a legitimate use while hunting and whereas ones on handguns are more likely to be for nefarious purposes.
The fishermen also remember thinking they saw the shape of a long gun. Even though it was dark there was enough light to see the shadow and shape of the man and the weapon in the shape of a rifle. It is possible the 40 caliber handgun Basil turned in was the weapon that fired the shots. But is is also possible it wasn’t, especially since the laser wasn’t turned in with the handgun which is odd.
This is pure speculation on my part, but it is certainly possible a long gun was used. Perhaps it wasn’t turned in because of some illegal modification or other reason? Who knows… and maybe the handgun he turned was indeed the gun that fired the shots. The only way to know for sure would be to see if the bullets can be found with underwater metal detectors. I imagine there would be plenty of civilian volunteer divers if a call was issued to ask for help finding the bullets.
Handguns simply aren’t nearly as accurate at long distance. If a 40 caliber handgun was used it was very fortunate the fishermen weren’t hit in a hail of bullets rapidly fired even if it was unintentional. A handgun at that distance is without question far more dangerous than a rifle. Rifles have more points of contact with the shooter’s body than a handgun: both hands, shoulder and cheek. This makes a rifle a substantially more stable shooting platform than a handgun and why an average shooter is far more accurate with a rifle than a handgun. It takes time, practice and coordination to align a handgun’s sights. A rifle “points” naturally; you can see where the barrel is aiming.
You have no idea where bullets from a handgun fired in rapid succession will land at that distance at night. Especially if they are aimed a few feet away from three men at night in a moving target like a boat on water. Stray bullets are a real possibility especially with rapid fire.
I may be completely wrong but I felt this was an area worth discussing since no one else has.
Kinnan and Basil Ghali released on Bond.