My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington
My sister was murdered by her husband in Nov. of 2007, yesterday we went to the sentencing and he had plead guilty and the judge gave him Murder in the 2nd and he sentenced to 14.5 years. He will only serve 11 for good time.
My question is WHY? Just because he has a clean record? The lawyer claimed it was not premeditated and he would plead guilty to that only. But my sister left him, she was going to get a divorce, he threatened her and said, he wont live without her.. he had been beating her for months. She moved back up to Washington from California to start a new life. She filed the papers for divorce and with in a month, this man showed up to Washington and with in 10 hours of getting up here he strangled and took my sisters life. She was 25 years old. He gets out in 11 years, she is dead for the rest of her life and couldnt defend herself. How can he get such a light sentence for MURDER? How could the judge not see it was premeditated. I dont care if he was an alcoholic, he did it and he admitted it. I guess I just want to know why? WHY WHY WHY