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Man Gets Nearly 1000 Years in Prison Under Three Strikes Law

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015    

A Sacramento man sentenced under the “three strikes” law received a total of 967 years in prison, according to recent reports.  Gregory Aaron Gadlin was sentenced to 530 years to life in prison as well as 437 years, 4 month for 16 robbery convictions as well as two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Gadlin was on parole for earlier convictions when he was accused of robbing convenience stores and gas stations at gunpoint during incidents between May 2013 and July 2013.  In one incident, Gadlin was said to have fired a gun at a clerk but missed his target.  He allegedly shot another clerk in the torso and the hand.  He had previously been convicted of two first-degree robberies and robbery with a gun.

The Three Strikes Rule In California

The Three Strikes sentencing law, enacted in California in 1994, requires a defendant to be convicted of a new felony, after a previous conviction of a serious felony, to be sentenced to state prison for twice the usual term.  If the conviction is the third serious felony for the defendant, he or she must be sentenced to 25 years to life.

In November 2012, Proposition 36 was passed by the voters which substantially amended the law.  Proposition 36 provided for the requirement for a third strike felony to be a serious or violent crime, and allowed convicted felons currently serving their sentences under the Three Strikes provision to request reduction of sentences if applicable.  The purpose of Proposition 36 was to reduce the number of non-violent criminals serving long sentences in California.

There has been some criticism of Proposition 36, as it has allowed some criminals who might be considered “dangerous” to request that their sentences be reduced.  However, the people of California have recognized the wisdom of preventing non-violent criminals from being locked up for extended periods of time.

Could I Be Convicted Under the Three Strikes Rule?

If this is not your first criminal charge, or if you are charged with multiple counts stemming from a single incident, it is very important to have the help of a criminal defense attorney.  The experienced attorneys at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento may be able to help you with your defense planning and strategy.

There are often ways to reduce your charges or your sentence if you have the right approach and the help of a good defense attorney. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you in your particular case.

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