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Name: People v. Woods
Case #: A116399
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 04/07/2008

Under Penal Code section 1202.4, a defendant sentenced to state prison is liable for restitution only for losses caused by the criminal conduct for which defendant was convicted. Appellant was convicted of being an accessory after the fact in a murder, the offense based on his act of receiving the weapon from the shooter after the shooting. He was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $12,082.23 to the victim compensation fund, that being the amount paid the victim’s survivors. The appellate court reversed the order, holding that appellant’s conduct did not cause the loss and as to defendants sentenced to state prison, section 1202.4 limits the scope of victim restitution to the operative crime that resulted in the loss. (People v. Lai (2006) 138 Cal.App.4th 1227.)