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Criminal Law: Second-Degree Murder-Substantive Reasonableness of Sentence-Defendant’s ‘Personal History and Characteristics’

Defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son following her infliction of a fatal beating on her son. On appeal, defendant argued that her 480-month sentence was substantively unreasonable because the district court failed to consider her personal history and characteristics and other sentences imposed in similar cases. Where district court ...

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