Last week, four people were charged for their involvement in an alleged kidnapping that ended with a man’s penis being cut off. According to a report by the NY Daily News, one of the group members had conducted business with a medical marijuana dispensary owner and knew him to be a wealthy man. One of the group members allegedly told the three others that the man had buried large amounts of money in the desert and convinced them to help him kidnap the man and have him direct them to the buried money.
The group allegedly showed up at the man’s home, robbed the man and his girlfriend, and then placed them in the back of a van. From there, they drove the couple to the desert to the spot where the group thought the man had buried the money. While at the spot, the group cut off the man’s penis and took it with them after they poured bleach over the man to destroy any DNA evidence.
The man’s girlfriend was able to flag down a police officer by running–while bound and gagged–for over a mile. One of the men was recently arrested in Prague. The four have been charged with kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture, burglary and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. In convicted they face a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Life in Prison Means Life in Prison
It used to be the case that a life sentence meant only twenty to thirty years, however that has recently been changing. As of lately, juries and judges are sentencing those convicted of serious offense to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Parole is what used to let people with “life sentences” out of prison well before the end of their life. However, with the new trend to keep offenders in prison for life–without even the possibility of letting them out–prisons are becoming more crowded with offenders that committed the offense decades ago.
And while California’s three-strike rule was recently overturned, this does not help those sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in cases where they were sentenced for a violent crime, because the new law repealing the three strikes rule doesn’t apply to violent offense.
Have You Been Charged With a California Drug Offense?
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the state of California, you are in a very serious situation. The truth is that, given the current state of the prison system, prosecutors are rethinking the paradigm when it comes to seeking convictions and offering plea bargains. With the help of an experienced California criminal defense attorney, you may be able to secure a favorable deal. And if a plea bargain does not interest you, then you can rest assured that attorney Lauren Johnson will passionately advocate for you at trial.
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