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People v. Matos

New York Court of Appeals
83 N.Y.2d 509 (1994)


Facts

In the middle of the night, Eddie Matos (defendant) and two accomplices broke into a McDonald’s in Manhattan in a robbery attempt. The men held the employees at gunpoint, but one worker escaped and soon returned with police officers. As the officers entered the restaurant, they saw Matos attempting to escape by climbing up a ladder that led to the roof. The first police officer to climb up after Matos fell down an airshaft in the roof and later died from his injuries. Matos was convicted of second-degree murder based on the felony-murder statute, as well as burglary and attempted robbery. Matos appealed and the appellate court affirmed the convictions, finding that the evidence fulfilled the required element for felony murder. Matos appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ciparick, J.)

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