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Helmedach v. Commissioner of Correction
Citation:148 A.3d 1105 (Conn. 2016)
Helmedach (Petitioner), a prisoner in Connecticut, filed an amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Helmedach had faced trial for felony murder, burglary, and related offenses, and her counsel had failed to tell her about the prosecution’s plea offer with a ten-year sentence before she testified at trial. After her testimony, she learned about the offer and wanted to accept it, but the prosecution had already withdrawn it. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The habeas court granted the petition, concluding that Helmedach’s counsel was ineffective by failing to convey a favorable plea offer to Helmedach in a timely manner.
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