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Gwen

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Have a friend...lives in Pennsylvania...son shot 3 people at a party... first offense (drinking involved)...none of the 3 were seriously injured. DA has charged him with 3 counts of attempted criminal homicide plus a ton of other charges adding up to 50 yrs. DA also wants to charge him with 16 counts of reckless endangerment because there were 16 other people at the party that could have been hurt. The young man's attorney said that he could get 20 years to life in prison. I'm in shock. How can someone get life in prison if no one was killed or seriously injured? Granted the boy needs to be punished but -- life in prison? By the way -- the DA is up for re-election this year. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.
 


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DT7777

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Keep in mind that life in prison is the worst case scenario, which is unlikely. And whatever sentence he receives, he may be paroled much sooner. Yes, he didn't hurt anyone, but according to the law, his intent to cause harm is what matters. If he intended to kill or cause serious bodily harm, these charges are appropriate under the law. Is he considering a plea bargain? Does he have a criminal defense attorney representing his best interests? If not, there are lawyer referrals onthis website.
 
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Gwen

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DT7777:
Keep in mind that life in prison is the worst case scenario, which is unlikely. And whatever sentence he receives, he may be paroled much sooner. Yes, he didn't hurt anyone, but according to the law, his intent to cause harm is what matters. If he intended to kill or cause serious bodily harm, these charges are appropriate under the law. Is he considering a plea bargain? Does he have a criminal defense attorney representing his best interests? If not, there are lawyer referrals onthis website. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

He does have a good lawyer that says his only hope is that they can establish that he didn't intend to hurt anyone. The DA said there will be no plea bargain - ever. I'm a close friend of the defendant's father and although this man needs to be punished (no question) there is a definite feeling that he is being used for political gain by the DA and there isn't a thing that can be done about it. It's truly sad.

 

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