Today we hear from Law Office of Mark Deniz, APLC intern Ruby Fa’Agau. She is a 2L at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Being young, raging with hormones, and in love is a dangerous combination particularly when a gal finds herself mixed up with the wrong guy.
The accomplice liability doctrine is interesting to me as someone who grew up in lower income areas of the inner city around peers – whom others might consider – the wrong crowd. When one friend does something, the other follows.
In California, a person is criminally liable for “accomplice” when she encourages, facilitates, or aids in the commission of a crime, no matter how insignificant that role seems. The person must contribute some type of involvement, and mere knowledge about the crime or presence will not be enough to be convicted.
It may appear easy to steer clear of this. But when a 19 year old young lady falls in love with a man who commits a crime spree, her involvement will be difficult to avoid. In addition to proving her love to her man, she must also show that she is supportive.
In a recent story, a 19 year old took a plea bargain after being accused of being an accomplice to a violent crime spree in San Diego.
The teenage accused accomplice in a violent crime spree across San Diego County will likely spend 10 years in prison.
Cindy Garcia, 19, accepted a plea deal on Thursday. Garcia pleaded guilty to carjacking, use of a firearm and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic weapon, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
She will spend 10 years in prison under the plea bargain, the DA’s office said.
Garcia and her companion Philip Hernandez were accused in a series of violent crimes including two shootings, three robberies and the burning of three vehicles. One of the shooting victims was an off-duty San Diego police officer.
Hernandez, a former firefighter, was killed in a shootout with police on Oct. 31, 2012, in Barrio Logan.
In a jail interview with NBC 7 in 2012, Garcia said she went with Hernandez because they were in love.
The rest of the case was dismissed. Garcia will be sentenced on Nov. 7.
The full article can be found here.
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