PEOPLE v. HUNTER

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Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California.

The PEOPLE of the State of California, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Stanley Eugene HUNTER, Defendant and Appellant.

Cr. 17311.

Decided: August 19, 1971

Stanley Eugene Hunter, in pro. per. No appearance for plaintiff and respondent.

Motion to recall remittitur and for appointment of counsel.

Appellant was convicted of kidnaping (Pen.Code, s 207); oral copulation (Pen.Code, s 288a); and rape (Pen.Code, s 261(4)). He was sentenced to state prison on all three counts, the sentences to run concurrently.

Relying upon People v. Daniels, 71 Cal.2d 1119, 80 Cal.Rptr. 897, 459 P.2d 225, and other decisions applying its doctrine, appellant contends that his kidnaping conviction was erroneous. This contention is plainly mistaken. As we pointed out in our opinion affirming the judgment of conviction, ‘The asportation of the victim in the instant case a distance of miles not only subjected her to a greater Risk of harm than that which is normally incident to the crimes of rape and robbery but it subjected her to the Actuality of greater harm in the form of five hours of confinement during which she suffered bestial attacks perpetrated by appellants and other men with the attendant mental and physical trauma which obviously requires no further emphasis.’

We made essentially the same holding in the factually similar case of People v. Shirley, 10 Cal.App.3d 268, 88 Cal.Rptr. 853. More recent decisions filed since the decisions of our Supreme Court in People v. Mutch, 4 Cal.3d 389, 93 Cal.Rptr. 721, 482 P.2d 633, and People v. Timmons, 4 Cal.3d 411, 93 Cal.Rptr. 736, 482 P.2d 648, are People v. Stathos, 17 Cal.App.3d 33, 94 Cal.Rptr. 482, and People v. Mays, 17 Cal.App.3d 641, 95 Cal.Rptr. 190. These most recent decisions in cases involving very similar factual situations clearly demonstrate the correctness of the trial court's determination in the case at bench.

Appellant's claim of double punishment (Pen.Code, s 654) is equally unfounded. The despicable course of criminal conduct in which appellant and his codefendant engaged involved a series of divisible transactions and had multiple objectives—objectives entirely separate and part from, and additional to, the objectives of the other two crimes of which they were convicted. (In re Cruz, 64 Cal.2d 178, 180—181, 49 Cal.Rptr. 289, 410 P.2d 825.) As we recited in our prior opinion:

‘It is readily apparent from the foregoing summary that the evidence is more than sufficient to support findings that appellants forced their victim into their car and transporter her a distance of approximately three miles, not only to accomplish their plans to rob and rape her, but also to subject her to a ‘gang-style’ series of assaults in which a number of other men participated and at least one of whom had agreed to pay appellants for making her available. Additionally it appears that appellants released their victim only after she had acceded to their demand that she work for them as a prostitute.'

Other contentions advanced by appellant are too frivolous to merit discussion.

The motion is denied.

HERNDON, Associate Justice.

ROTH, P.J., and FLEMING, J., concur.

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