A positive reaction was expressed by a relative of one of the victims to the announcement that the army colonel accused of murders and sex crimes plans to plead guilty. However, the fact that the sentencing hearing is scheduled to last several days might be an indication of future dissatisfaction. The mandatory sentence for first degree murder is the maximum available under the Criminal Code , which almost always makes for a very brief hearing, whereas the sentencing judge has considerable latitude in fixing the minimum jail term in the case of second degree murder. Could it be a plea bargain for second degree murders convictions has been agreed upon? If so one wonders what will be the public’s reaction.
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