Two Burbank men could spend the rest of their lives in prison for a 2013 Glendalemurder. Eric Pearson, 26, pleaded guilty to the beating death of Nicholas Carter. A jury found Donald Thurman, 30, guilty of first degree murder last month. Pearson will serve a sentence of 25 years to life, while Thurman received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Thurman and the victim had briefly been roommates. According to prosecutors, Pearson and Thurman invited Carter to join them for dinner. At some point, Pearson beat Carter to death with a baseball bat at the urging of Thurman. Pearson testified that Thurman said he was an undercover California Highway Patrol officer. He also said that Thurman threatened to kill Pearson’s girlfriend if Pearson did not cooperate with the plan.
The men buried Carter’s body in the Angeles National Forest, and used his debit card to withdraw $5,000 from his account. They also used the man’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases. At the time police found Carter’s body, Thurman was in jail on an unrelated Verdugo Hills embezzlement charge.
Burbank murder lawyer
Murder is the most serious charge the State of California can bring against a person. When you face homicide charges, your life is literally at stake. In California, a prosecutor can seek the death penalty. If the State prevails, you could lose your life! That’s why you need an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend at your side.
Murder charges (and the resulting sentence – if convicted) depend upon the circumstances of your case. In California, you may receive a range of sentences, including the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or some number of years. An experienced, aggressive attorney will work hard to get felony charges against you reduced or dropped.
Eliminating charges against you can be a valuable strategy. Repeated convictions – especially for a violent crime – can put you in prison for life in California. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight aggressively for you in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.
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