Pleading guilty to the charges of voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder with enhanced allegations of using a crossbow and causing great bodily injury during a July 3 trial confirmation, Phoenix Triton King was sentenced to serve 18 years and four months in state prison. As King's defense attorney, (Humboldt County Conflict Counsel Greg) Elvine-Kreis said the decision to take the plea deal came after he and King compared their evidence with that gathered by the prosecution and determined that theirs was not sufficient to argue a perfect self-defense case.Crazy. Good choice? To plea out? Or not?
"What happened is we got an offer for a determinate term," Elvine-Kreis said. "We balanced the evidence of what we had in a perfect self-defense case and determined that this was the better route to take. When you're looking at life in prison, you want to be assured of some things. In the end, we decided to take the offer for an out date when (King's) still somewhat young."
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Plea deal in the crossbow case.
◼ King sentenced to over 18 years in state prison for crossbow killing - Will Houston/TS