If two codefendants share an indictment charged with murder and one receive manslaughter isn’t the other also entitle to the sam.

Question:

If two codefendants share an indictment charged with murder and one receive manslaughter isn’t the other also entitle to the sam.

“2 codefendants under the same indictment with a charge of murder. One defendant goes to trial the other take a deal to testify. And though charged with murder was sentenced manslaughter even though they where indicted on murder while the one that went to trial was sentenced murder.”

Answer:

This exact situation is played out time and time again in Georgia & all over the United States virtually every day. It is very common for a Co-Defendant that Negotiates a Guilty Plea to a Reduced Charge or a Reduced Sentence to get a better deal than the one that goes to Trial and is Convicted. Being able to Negotiate a better deal for a Defendant is one of the skills that an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney brings to the table when they represent a person charged with a crime.

The person that went to trial certainly has that right and probably should exercise it in cases where the state has a weak or problem case. However, going to Trial and Loosing often means receiving a harsher sentence from the Judge than the Co-Defendant that entered a Negotiated Plea. There is nothing unusual about this type of situation, it happens all the time in criminal cases. I hope this information is helpful to you.

George McCranie – Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA

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