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Name: People v. Gentile
Case #: S256698
Court: CA Supreme Court
District CalSup
Opinion Date: 12/17/2020

Opinion By: Justice Liu (unanimous decision)
Senate Bill No. 1437, which amended the natural and probable consequences doctrine as it relates to murder, bars a conviction for second degree murder under that theory. Gentile was convicted of first degree murder for the beating death of Saavedra. The Court of Appeal reversed his murder conviction after finding that the natural and probable consequences jury instruction for first degree murder violated People v. Chiu (2014) 59 Cal.4th 155. On remand, the prosecution accepted a reduction to second degree murder. During his second appeal, Gentile argued that SB 1437, which amended the…

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