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Lafler v. Cooper

United States Supreme Court
132 S. Ct. 1376 (2012)


Facts

On March 25, 2002, Anthony Cooper (defendant) attempted to shoot Kali Mundy in the head. Cooper missed but did hit Mundy in her buttock, hip, and abdomen. Mundy survived. Cooper was subsequently charged with assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and being a habitual offender. The prosecution twice offered Cooper a deal that would have resulted in the dismissal of two of the charges and a sentence of 51 to 85 months for the other two charges. Cooper rejected the offer after his attorney advised him that the prosecution could not prove his intent to murder because Mundy had been shot below the waist. The case went to trial and Cooper was convicted on all four counts and sentenced to 185 to 360 months.

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