Attorney Seifert Wins Appeal to Have Felony Murder Conviction Vacated

August 10, 2018

Helmedach v. Commissioner

Attorney Seifert successfully appealed a felony murder charge after he argued that his client should have been told by her original defense attorney about a plea deal offered by the prosecutors' office.  The defense attorney withheld the plea deal, fearing it would influence the defendant's testimony.  The Connecticut Supreme Court agreed the defendant should have been told of the plea deal.  The defendant was allowed to accept the original plea deal for 10 years in prison instead of the 35 year sentence she received after her conviction.  She has been release from prison after serving 11 years in prison, fulfilling the 10 years stipulated in the plea deal.

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