Posted on: August 13, 2008 at 11:10 p.m.
The personal use of a firearm in the course of another crime carries long criminal sentences in California. Using a gun during a robbery, burglary, or another serious felony carries 10 years, 20 years, or 25 years to life, as an ehancement to the underlying criminal sentence. Of course, the prosecution must first prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury.
A recent appeals decision addresses a criminal case where where a defendant commits a robbery by displaying an object that looks like a gun. The court reasoned that because the object
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