How would sentencing be determined based on a robbery the result of which someone died?

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How would sentencing be determined based on a robbery the result of which someone died?

My boyfriend and his 2 friends tried to rob 2 men; 1 of the men they tried to rob shot the participant of the robbery. My BF and his friend are now being charged with their friend’s murder although they did not shoot anyone.

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the felony murder rule imposed throughout all states in this country, if a person is participating in a felony where a person ends up dying, all people involved in the crime are responsible for the death of the person regardless of they did not actually kill the person.

In your situation, your boyfriend is charged with robbery and a certain degree of murder, both felonies. If he does not have a criminal defense attorney defending him, he had better get one. The sentence for a conviction for the crimes that you have described can be for many years, for example, ten plus.


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