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Mr. S was a high school student who got involved with two older high school students who sold drugs and had violent dispositions. Mr. S. had received a call from one of the Co-Defendants stating that he had been ripped off by two other kids in a drug deal and wanted Mr. S to go with them in order to “have their back.” At some point prior, Mr. S. provided them with some bullets for a gun he thought they would be shooting in the desert (completely unrelated to the drug robbery). Mr. S. was instructed to convince the two victims to go into the desert to “smoke some weed.”

When all 3 arrived at a predetermined location, the two Co-Defendants jumped out of the bushes and held the two victims at gunpoint and knifepoint. One of the victims was instructed to “suck his dick,” referring to the other victim. Both of them were males. The victims were pleading with the Co-Defendants not to shoot them and not make them participate in that activity, which they were still forced to do.

Mr. S. only stood-by as a lookout, and was not aware that any of that activity was going to be taking place. The two Co-Defendants had a gun and knife, and Mr. S. did not have any weapon on him. The victims were told to urinate on all of their clothing and throw it around the general area. The Defendants then left, and the victims contacted the police. Mr. S. was the only Defendant to cooperate with the authorities. He showed him where the gun was stored and the location of where other items were deposited. This was done with our help. Ultimately, we secured an offer that included no agreements as to sentencing.

One of the Co-Defendants was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and the other was sentenced to 5 years in prison. We presented extensive mitigation to the Court, and we were also able to secure a request for leniency from one of the victims’ mothers. Although the Judge was initially inclined to sentence Mr. S. to prison, or at least 1 year in jail, we were able to convince the Judge to defer all jail time. Mr. S. successfully completed probation, did not do any time in jail, and is currently enrolled in college. Originally, he was facing a potential of life in prison.

REDUCED | 2 COUNTS of ARMED ROBBERY DANGEROUS (with gun) REDUCED to BURGLARY with 4 YEARS in PRISON – State v. Mr. P. (DMC No. 8774) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2008-009263): Mr. P. had become addicted to drugs and had been living on the street as a homeless person.  He and a co-defendant broke into a known drug dealer’s house and held several victims at gun point.  Eventually, a gun battle ensued and one person was wounded.  Mr. P. was charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault Dangerous and Burglary (dangerous).  He was facing more than 30 years in prison, and we were able to secure an offer which included a prison range of no more than 5 years in prison.   Through mitigation, we were able to secure sentence to 4 years in prison, with the ability to be released early for good behavior.

ARMED ROBBERY with a GUN (dangerous) REDUCED to PROBATION with 6 MONTHS JAIL- State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 4807) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2004-038602): Mr. M. was accused of going with a group of people in order to rob a suspect of drugs while they were in a car.  Police alleged that they came up to the victim, pressed a gun to her chest, and demanded all of their drugs, as well as other property.  Although Mr. M. was facing 7 to 21 years in prison, we were able to show that there were flaws in the photo lineup used to identify Mr. M.  In addition, the only gun found in his possession was a toy gun which shot BB’s.

REDUCED | ARMED ROBBERY/KIDNAPPING – (DMC No. 1816) (Maricopa County Superior Court No. CR2000-090604): Mr. P. and a co-defendant were owed money from some individuals. They were alleged to have gone into the house with ski masks and guns in order to get their money back. There was a pizza delivery man inside of the house along with others, who ran out of the house and police were called. Although Mr. P. was facing a mandatory minimum of over 10 years in prison, we were able to reduce all charges to a low level burglary which include probation and 60 days in jail.

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