July 21, 2011 By Wallin & Klarich

41 year-old Mark Anthony Stroman sits on death row after he went on a murderous crime spree he says was motivated by “patriotism”. Stroman says he was at home watching the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. After witnessing the attacks, Stroman decided to seek vengeance on those he believed were of middle eastern decent. The Texas inmate killed two men, and seriously wounded another before being arrested.

In California, murder is codified under California Penal Code Section 187. The penal code defines murder as causing the death of another person, or fetus, with malice aforethought. The term “malice aforethought” refers to the murderer’s mental state or intent that must be formed before the act can constitute murder.

What are the punishments for murder in California?

A conviction of first-degree murder is punishable by death, imprisonment in the state prison for life without the possibility of parole, or imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 25 years to life. A conviction for second degree murder is normally punishable by imprisonment in state prison for a term of 15 years to life. The circumstances surround the murder will determine whether it will be charged as a first-degree and second-degree murder
The fact that a crime such as murder was fueled by hate, that hate crime can be treated as an enhancement for purposes of sentencing and punishment. A defendant that has a hate crime enhancement attached to their underlying crime, is likely to face a more sever punishment.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you hire an aggressive, experienced criminal defense firm. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm can greatly increase your chances of keeping your freedom, and ensuring you receive the lowest possible sentence. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.

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