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Monday, January 9, 2012

Teen mom defends home with gun

Michigan is one of the state's apparently with a protect your castle law, allowing for deadly force if you believe you are in danger with someone who is uninvited in your home.
The map came up during the NBC Nightly News, discussing the case of the Oklahoma teenage mother who blasted an intruder with a shotgun on Christmas Day.
He died.
She didn't get charged.
His accomplice, who smartly ran from the home, was later found and has been charged with first-degree murder. Good. That's the way the cookie crumbles.
If you are committing a felony and someone dies (even your partner and friend at someone else's hand), you are on the hook for first-degree felony murder. In Michigan, that's automatic life.
Usually, they plead to second-degree, especially if not heavily involved.
But with a dead leader, prosecutors like for someone to go to prison. And if they want a trial, which sometimes is a good way to reevaluate society's values, no deal.
It's tough but fair.
That's why you don't commit felonies, as someone may die and you don't want to responsible for a first-degree murder. So many felonies are committed with the 'no one' was to be killed plan, defendants later say.


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