Docket No. 43263.

150 Cal.App.3d 579 (1984)

198 Cal. Rptr. 565

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. MANUEL MARTINEZ et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Four.

January 9, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Mary J. Madsen and Robert S. Gerstein, under appointments by the Court of Appeal, for Defendants and Appellants.

John K. Van de Kamp, Attorney General, William R. Weisman and Frederick Grab, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



Upon trial by jury, defendants were each convicted of 16 criminal offenses and sentenced to state prison. Defendant Martinez received a sentence of 47 years plus 2 consecutive life terms; defendant Chavez, 54 years plus 2 consecutive life terms. Both defendants have appealed, essentially contending that the enormity of these sentences is due to improper conviction under a statute that was not meant to...

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