A 38-year-old Ventura man was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an acquaintance in June 2013. According to prosecutors, Cornell Allen, Jr., planned to kill Stefan Delondon Johnson because he believed that Johnson had slept with Allen’s girlfriend.
Allen’s attorneys argued that Allen shot Johnson in self-defense following an argument between the two men. After the shooting, Allen called police to tell them that he had shot an intruder. He was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide.
The jury, however, was not persuaded that the homicide was premeditated. Instead, they found Allen guilty of second-degree murder, but also determined that the special allegation against Allen – discharging a firearm to cause great bodily injury – was true. Allen will return to court for sentencing on November 7.
Ventura murder attorney
In California, there is no more serious crime than homicide. A conviction on first-degree murder charges can lead to lifetime imprisonment (25 years or more) with or without parole, or it can result in the death penalty. When you are facing a murder charge, your life is literally at risk. That’s why you must have an experienced murder attorney with you throughout the judicial process.
The difference between sentencing for first –degree homicide and second-degree homicide is significant. A second-degree homicide conviction can result in a sentence of 15 years to life. Special circumstances can add years to your sentence, so it’s important to fight the charges against you aggressively.
Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Southern California, and will take your case. He has a reputation for being an aggressive defender in court, and prosecutors know that there are no “slam dunks” when Robert Helfend is on defense.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura murder case.
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