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Local Group Fighting Felony Murder Rule

11:51 AM, Oct 22, 2002   |    comments
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A Guilford County group is working to change the state's felony murder rule because they say it results in unfairly harsh sentences.

"North Carolina Citizens for Felony Murder Rule Change" say they also want a court to re-examine Janet Danahey's sentence of life in prison without parole.

Danahey, fearing a death sentence, pled guilty July 29 to starting the fire that roared through the Campus Walk Apartments in Greensboro back in February, killing four people.

The felony murder rule allows defendants to be charged with murder, even when they didn't intend to kill someone.

The group's founder wants a change that would allow judges and juries shorter sentencing options for someone convicted under the felony murder rule.

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