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People v. Blackwell, A128197

Sentencing of defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder he committed while a minor is affirmed where the sentence: 1) does not exceed the punishment allowable absent a jury determination of age and nor does it violate defendant's Sixth Amendment rights under Apprendi; 2) is not constitutionally cruel and unusual under Graham v. Florida; and 3) was not an abuse of the trial court's discretion.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/21/2011
  • Published 12/21/2011

Judges

  • NEEDHAM

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel