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Adam Liptak about Ryan Holle. Ryan, who had no prior record, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole in Florida. He was convicted of pre-meditated murder, even though no one, including the prosecutor, disputes that Ryan was asleep in his bed at home at the time of the crime.
Every other country including England, India and Canada has gotten rid of it because of its unintended consequences.
Felony Murder Rule, that a person should be held responsible for his own actions not the actions of others.
reply to post by seeker1963
Funny you mention that... i grew up in that town. But your right, i live in florida i'm going to have to lookup whats happening in that area.
I just looked up what town this happened in and it happened in Pensacola, FL. It happened a few years ago but apparently there is ongoing involvement with this case.
Holle, who had given the police statements in which he seemed to admit knowing about the burglary, was convicted on August 3, 2004, of first-degree murder under a legal doctrine known as the felony murder rule. The doctrine broadens murder liability for participants in violent felonies to include a killing by an accomplice
In a 2007 interview with The New York Times, Holle stated that "I honestly thought they were going to get food," adding that "When they actually mentioned what was going on, I thought it was a joke." He explained that he was naive, and had been drinking all night, so he "didn't understand what was going on."
reply to post by Iwinder
If your friend says "can I borrow your lawn mower to go run over someone and kill them" and you let them use the lawn mower, when you get to court saying "I thought he was joking" is not an alibi.
When presented with a hard choice of life without parole and ten years for the above mower massacre (that you had fore knowledge of) and you puff up and say "I'm going to trial", don't ask for mercy when your candy ass gets life without parole. You chose to roll those dice.
*I am saying YOU in general here not to you the poster. Just wanted to be clear.