The investigation into a fatal shooting in Tempe has now led to three arrests with the apprehension of Willie Lee Moore, 19, in California this week, according to reports. The U.S. Marshal Service arrested Moore in Oakland after he was identified as one of the shooters in the murder of Errun Scroggins, 21, on November 28 at the CVS on Mill Avenue and University Drive. Moore is currently awaiting extradition to Arizona to face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy, discharge of a firearm and other charges. Dean Blissett, 19, and Robreana White, 18, had already been arrested in Alamogordo, New Mexico in connection with the shooting.
Serious Crimes Carry Serious Penalties
Arizona recognizes two basic categories of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are usually considered minor crimes while felonies are considered serious, but some very low-level felonies may have penalties similar to high-level misdemeanors. However, serious felonies must be considered separately as they can have very serious penalties.
For first-degree murder, Arizona law allows those convicted to be sentenced to the death penalty, life without parole, or life with parole in 25 years, depending on the circumstances and the jury’s decision. Other serious felonies such as robbery, rape and aggravated assault, also carry stiff penalties, including years of jail time and thousands of dollars in potential fines. Even non-violent felonies such as burglary or drug sales can result in long jail sentences and hefty fines. In addition, you may have a permanent mark on your record with a felony conviction.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged With a Serious Crime?
If you have been charged with a felony, it is essential that you seek professional advice from an attorney. It is wise to have the help of a criminal defense attorney any time you are charged with a crime, but when you are facing felony charges it is even more important.
Alex Lane is a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix who has years of experience representing those charged with all types of crimes. If you are charged with a felony, call Alex Lane immediately. He and his staff will work with you to protect your rights and help you find the best way to deal with your charges. If you need help formulating a defense to your felony charges, Alex Lane can work with you to minimize the possibility of you spending a long time in jail or facing even more serious penalties.