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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Blaine Lafler v. Anthony Cooper
Citation:566 U.S. 156 (2012)
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Cooper (defendant) was charged with assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and being a habitual offender. The prosecution offered to dismiss two of the charges and recommend a sentence of 51 to 85 months for the other two in exchange for a guilty plea. Cooper admitted guilt to the court and was willing to accept the offer. However, he later rejected the offer after his attorney told him the prosecution would not be able to establish intent to murder. The prosecution later offered another deal, which Cooper again rejected. After the trial, Cooper was convicted on all counts and received a mandatory minimum sentence of 185 to 360 months in prison.
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