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Date: 04-28-2023

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The People v. Anurag Chandra

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Court: Superior Court, Riverside County, California

Plaintiff's Attorney: Riverside County California District Attorney's Office

Defendant's Attorney: David Wohl

Description: Riverside, California criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with murder.

Anurag Chandra was accused of killing three teenage boys who plaintiff doorbell-ringing prank on him.

“The murder of these young men was a horrendous and senseless tragedy for our community. I thank the jury for their verdict. This is an important step toward justice,” county District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a statement.

Defendant testified that he became extremely upset by the prank.

The crash killed Daniel Hawkins of Corona; Drake Ruiz of Corona; and Jacob Ivascu of Riverside.

Defendant was intoxicated and pursued the young people with the result that the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.

"California homicide law defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Malice aforethought is defined as the intent to kill, or the intent to inflict great bodily injury that results in death. There are two degrees of murder in California: first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

First-degree murder is murder that is premeditated and deliberate, or murder that is committed during the commission of certain enumerated felonies, such as robbery, burglary, rape, or kidnapping. First-degree murder is punishable by death, life in prison without the possibility of parole, or 25 years to life in prison.

Second-degree murder is murder that is not premeditated and deliberate, but is committed with malice aforethought. Second-degree murder is punishable by 15 years to life in prison.

Felony murder is a type of second-degree murder that occurs when someone is killed during the commission of a felony. Felony murder does not require that the killer have the intent to kill. If someone is killed during the commission of a felony, everyone involved in the felony can be charged with murder, even if they did not actually kill the victim.

In addition to murder, California law also recognizes manslaughter as a type of homicide. Manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. Manslaughter is punishable by up to 11 years in state prison.

California homicide law is complex and there are many factors that can affect the severity of the sentence. "

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Outcome: Defendant was found guilty.

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