Rory Holland, a former Biddeford, Maine mayoral candidate, has been charged with two counts of murder after a tense six-hour standoff with police that left two young men dead. Details remain unclear, but local police were summoned to Hollands home around 1:30 in the morning last Tuesday. Holland reportedly barricaded himself inside his home while Gage Greene, 19, and his brother Derek Greene, 21, lay dying in the street of gunshot wounds. Holland surrendered to SWAT members shortly after 6:15 that morning. Police accounts allege Holland shot Gage once before he shot Derek three times in the chest and torso.
Reasons for why the incident started vary, with some sources saying tensions between Holland and both Greene brothers had been simmering after an assault incident last month. Other sources believe last weeks events may have been a drug deal gone awry. Rory Holland has a history of violent criminal offenses: in his home state of Kansas, Holland was convicted of both attempted murder and assault before moving to Portland, Oregon where he was eventually convicted of assault. He ran for mayor of Biddeford last year and lost, collecting just 300 votes. Residents of Hollands South Street neighborhood say he has been terrorizing the neighborhood for years. Maine does not support the death penalty in murder cases, however, life in prison is a possibility for Holland.
In Los Angeles, murder (often referred to as homicide by Los Angeles law enforcement) is divided into several categories, each with its own penalty. First-degree murder in Los Angeles is killing that is willful, deliberate and premeditated, generally garnering a sentence of either death, or 25 years to life in a state prison. Second degree murder is also the willful intent to kill or seriously injure someone, but not in a premeditated manner with a typical sentence of 15 years to life in prison for a conviction.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are necessary when facing murder charges. A public defender will treat you as one of a hundred people they have to defend, but a private Los Angeles criminal defense attorney will give you the attention you need and deserve.
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Comments:Narconon Arrowhead on July 17, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. wrote:
How can someone only get second degree murder if they killed someone on purpose. I have seen a lot of cases like this working in a drug rehab facility and working with the public.
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