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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Ralph Blakely v. Washington
Citation:542 U.S. 296 (2004)
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Ralph Blakely (defendant) pleaded guilty to kidnapping his estranged wife while using a firearm. Under Washington state law, the standard sentencing range for such an offense was 49 to 53 months, but a judge may impose a longer sentence if they find substantial and compelling reasons to do so. The judge sentenced Blakely to 90 months in prison, 37 months beyond the standard maximum, upon finding that Blakely had acted with “deliberate cruelty” when carrying out the kidnapping.
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