There are times criminal defense attorneys really have not much to work with when trying to get reduced sentences for their client’s and use what is called a “Hail Mary” pass to plead for mercy from the Judge.
It was reported that a violent felon was sentenced to life plus 36 years in prison after being found guilty by a jury of first degree murder for the heinous crimes of the rape and of bludgeoning to death a 29-year-old woman.
The violent bastard got exactly the sentence he deserved.
However, the defense attorney no doubt raised a few eyebrows during the sentencing hearing.
It turns out that around the same time the murder occurred, the defendant was trying to open a business that would employ people convicted of crimes, who had done their time or who were out of jail.
At the time of sentencing, the defense attorney argued that his client was a gifted “cheesecake baker” who had big plans to open a cafe on Central and name it the “Felony Cafe”.
The defendant even put up a large sign that reads “CRIME SCENE, COME ON IN”.
The slogan was to be “It is a crime it tastes so good.”
During the sentencing, the defense lawyer was quoted as saying:
“He, by all accounts, baked wonderful cheesecakes. … His idea was, ‘Let’s get jobs for these folks, we’ll call it the Felony Cafe. I will hire people who have gotten out of custody who want to make their lives better.”
The defendant himself said at his sentencing “I was trying to help people. … I wasn’t trying to hurt [the victim].”
Rumor has it that Terri Cole, the President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, has already cancelled the guy’s chamber membership as part of her efforts to reduce crime in downtown Albuquerque after telling a task force last week that our high crime rates were interfering with economic development and the GACC membership.