Criminal Law Keyed to LaFave
State v. Goodseal
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After Appellant was released from prison, Appellant went to find work. Appellant obtained a gun and met up with a dancer at a topless bar. Appellant entered into an agreement with the dancer that he would act as her jealous husband to prevent her from having to ‘turn a trick’ that evening. Appellant argued that when he interrupted the dancer and her target, he slipped and the gun he was carrying discharged and killed Victim. Appellant was convicted of felony murder. Appellant argued that the felonious possession of a firearm was not a basis for felony murder.
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