Rejecting the Plea Deal

Posted On: January 15th, 2016

Earlier today, one of the two men charged with the murder of local hairdresser Jacquelyn Porreca rejected a plea deal that was made by the District Attorney’s office.

In a criminal prosecution, it is common for the District Attorney’s office to offer to reduce the defendant’s potential punishment by offering a plea to a lesser charge or a promise of a lighter sentence. This is commonly referred to as a plea bargain. The purpose of a plea bargain is to induce the defendant to give up the right to a trial, their right to present a defense, and their right to appeal, among other rights.  Often times a plea bargain is offered to avoid the expensive and time-consuming process of conducting a trial.  In many circumstances defendants accept plea bargains to avoid the risk of a more serious conviction and/or a potentially longer sentence after a trial.

In the case highlighted above, the District Attorney’s office offered a plea bargain to second degree murder, with a maximum prison term of 25 years to life.  If the defendant were to be convicted at trial, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Suspect-in-Jacquelyn-Porreca-s-death-rejects-plea-6629554.php#photo-8951687

 

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