Authorities announced Tuesday that they arrested a 31-year-old Scottsdale,
Arizona man in connection with a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting on the 91
Freeway that took place just over a week ago.
The incident, as discussed in an earlier blog, took place near the 91/5
freeway interchange in Fullerton. The victim of the shooting, a man who
happens to have a background in law enforcement, was shot three times
in the arm. According to the victim, he pursued the shooter in his vehicle
and called 911.
The California Highway Patrol joined in the chase and ended up detaining
the suspect near the 91 Freeway at Weir Canyon. The man was arrested and
booked for attempted
murder and is being held on $500,000 bail. If he is tried and convicted, he may
face 25 years to life in prison.
The victim has stated that he does not know the shooter and is unsure of
what provoked the attack in the first place. Investigators believe that
road rage may have been a factor in the shooting.
Attempted Murder Charges in California
In a case such as this, the defendant is facing one of the most serious
types of criminal charges: attempted murder. A person may be charged with
this crime under California Penal Code § 664, which applies to attempted
crimes. Although § 664 states that a defendant may face half the
penalties for attempting a crime, with attempted murder a defendant may
face up to life in prison. Additional penalties may include victim restitution,
a fine of up to $10,000 and the loss of the right to own a firearm.
To effectively prove attempted murder, the prosecution must show:
The defendant took at least one direct, though ineffective, step toward
killing another person; and
The defendant intended to kill that person.
In the case discussed above, the defendant is likely to face attempted
murder charges based on allegations that he shot a firearm into another
person's vehicle and caused bodily injury to the victim. Because the
victim sustained gunshot wounds in his torso, the prosecution may argue
that this shows intent to kill, rather than an attempt to injure. Due
to the circumstances surrounding the alleged offense, California Penal
Code § 26100 drive-by shootings and § 246 shooting at an inhabited
dwelling or occupied car may also apply.
In addition to facing 25 years to life in prison, the Arizona man accused
of the 91 Freeway shooting may get a strike on his record. If he is convicted
and released from prison after serving his sentence, this strike will
influence any future criminal convictions by enhancing the penalties he
faces, and if he gets a third strike he may face life in prison without
the possibility of parole.
Interested in finding out what steps can be taken to challenge attempted
murder charges or other serious criminal allegations? The best person
to address your concerns is a skilled
criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we offer experienced defense
counsel to clients across Orange County in a wide range of misdemeanor
and felony cases, including attempted murder and murder. To talk about
your case, your rights and your options, please call our offices for a