A client, referred to us, entered a home in Wake County in late 2016 after being distraught following the break-up with his girlfriend. He brought a shotgun. It was obviously an unconscionable act, involving violence and anger, and invoking fear and terror in his victims. Five were held hostage mid-day as the client demanded from the girlfriend why she had broke up with him. The client fired off two shots, one through a window of the home, and one into the air after the police had arrived to keep the police at bay.

There was no real criminal defense. The client had committed a felony breaking and interesting with intent to terrorize, he had kidnapped five individuals in the home by holding them briefly, and he had discharged a firearm twice into an occupied dwelling.

The district attorney requested a four year sentence, a sentence that would’ve neared what one would have gotten after a manslaughter conviction.

Following a three hour sentencing hearing, and which four defense witnesses testified, reports from a forensic psychologist was presented, and a report from a sentencing mitigating specialist was presented, the judge entered an entirely fair judgment including 24 months of incarceration, half of what the government had originally offered.

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Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

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