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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Bordenkircher v. Hayes
Citation:434 U.S. 357, 98 S.Ct. 663, 54 L.Ed.2d 604.
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The defendant was indicted on a charge of using a forged payment in the amount of $88.30, an offense then punishable by a term of 2 to 10 years in prison. The defendant and his attorney met with the prosecutor to discuss a possible plea agreement. The prosecutor offered to recommend a sentence of five years in prison if the defendant would plead guilty to the indictment. He also said that if the defendant did not plead guilty and “saved the court the inconvenience and necessity of a trial,” he would seek an indictment under the habitual offender statute, as the defendant had two prior felony convictions, which would subject the defendant to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
The defendant chose not to plead guilty, and the prosecutor did obtain an indictment charging him under the habitual offender statute. It is not disputed that the defendant’s refusal to plead guilty to the original charge was what led to his indictment under the habitual offender statute.
The defendant was found guilty. As required by the habitual offender statute, he was sentenced to a life term.
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