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The East Bay Times reported that on Wednesday August 14, Eddie Alvirez, 18, surrendered for the murder of his 13-year-old sister authorities confirmed.  Alvirez gave himself up at a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in Lancaster.

 

According to authorities, his 13-year-old-sister was shot and killed on Tuesday, August 13. The police believed that Alvirez was responsible and were on the search for him as it was believed that he fled after the incident.  The shooting took place around 5:45 p.m. Alvirez shared one room with two of his sisters.  He is believed to have pointed a gun that was in his possession at one of his sisters and then fired.  After which, he took off with the gun.  The sister who was shot died at the hospital of her injuries.

 

The reason for the shooting is unknown at this time. The family has reportedly said that they believed after the gun was fired, Alvirez panicked which is why he ran.  The family believes that the incident was an accident and not intentional.  The investigation into the cause of the incident remains ongoing.

 

Negligent Discharge of a Gun in California

When the intent in handling a firearm is not to harm, but you willingly discharge your firearm and it results in a death or injury, this is considered negligent discharge of a firearm in the state of California.  Penal Code 246.3 PC applies, and it defines negligent discharge of a firearm as:

 

  1. Willfully discharge firearm
  2. In a grossly negligent manner
  3. Which could result in someone’s injury or death

 

You may think that this type of shot fired won’t be met with as severe punishments as other intentional acts with a firearm, but you’d be wrong.  There are very serious penalties associated with this act.  The final result could leave you facing either a misdemeanor or a felony.  When the result is a misdemeanor you could be facing up to one year in country jail.  If you are charged with a felony you could be looking at between sixteen months up to 3 years in county jail.

 

Finding a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

The difference in the penalties between felonies and misdemeanors is significant.  It is important to arm yourself with the best defense possible through the backing of a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at the Manshoory Law Group.  There are many ways we can tackle defenses in your case including but not limited to exploring:

 

  • If the event was a result of self-defense
  • You were unaware that the gun was loaded at the time of the incident
  • There was never any danger of death or injury

 

Shaheen Manshoory and his team are experts in providing effective criminal defenses for our clients. We are invested in fighting for your best outcome.

 

Our team of Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group, APC is here to guide you through the criminal defense process and we are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call one of our resourceful Southern California criminal defense attorneys immediately at 877-977-7750 when you need legal representation.