Incarceration Choices: Attempted Second Degree Murder

Still in DC, and my sister in law (who has been an excellent host this week) notices this AP story reproduced in the Washington Post. 

“Two years for a beating and stabbing attack on a homeless man?” she exclaims, looking to me for a reasonable explanation. When you’re the defense lawyer in the family, you get these sorts of inquiries.

In Texas, we don’t have degrees of murder and manslaughter, as most other states do, so I don’t know what constitutes attempted second degree murder in Florida. Not many details in the story, but it sounds like something that would be prosecuted in Texas as Aggravated Assault and/or Attempted Murder, both 3g offenses and second degree felonies with punishment ranges of 2-20 years.

“Guess they gotta keep those prison beds open for marijuana and drug offenders,” is the best I can reply.

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Elizabeth - July 25, 2008 7:06 PM

what would be the punishment if a 17 year old boy has been found guilty of second degree murder and three attempts of murder? But if he is not guilty and they claim he is what type of law can i use to appeal?

bo henry - January 4, 2010 12:39 PM

hello./;

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