Defense Attorney Mark Overland, Stephanie Lazarus,
March 8th, 2012, at the reading of the verdict
Stephanie Lazarus, 52, will be sentenced this Friday, May 11th, 2012 in Department 104 at the downtown criminal court building. The sentence Lazarus will receive is based on the California Penal Code 187 that was in effect at the time Sherri Rasmussen was murdered. It's my understanding that Judge Perry cannot legally step outside the law and sentence Lazarus to something different than the 27-years-to-life that she is expected to receive. Here's how the sentence is broken down: 25 years for the murder and an additional 2 years for the gun charge. Sources have told me Lazarus could be eligible for parole in as little as 14 or 15 years, give or take a few months. I'm not positive, but I believe that has to do with when the crime was committed and the laws in effect governing time served by inmates.
So even though there will be no surprise at the sentence she will receive, there may be other surprises in who decides to speak at the sentencing. Who will give victim impact statements and will we hear from any of Lazarus' friends and family or even Lazarus herself? What are your thoughts T&T readers? Who do you think will speak at Lazarus' sentencing? I think it's a sure bet that someone from Rasmussen's family or their legal representative will give an impact statement but what about John Ruetten? Do you think he will address the court? Anyone else? You can cast your vote in the poll below, or you can also leave a comment and share your thoughts. (You can make up to four selections in the poll below.)
Special thanks to my friend Matthew McGough, who called me today to get my thoughts on this very topic. I then decided to share the question with T&T's readers. I will share my predictions on Thursday, May 10th.