Micheal Dunn’s attorney, Corey Strolla, has asked that his client’s sentencing hearing be delayed until — and, at this point, still a likely but speculative if — Dunn is retried on the murder charges on which the jury hung during his first trial last month.  (This report is sourced at the Associated Press.)

Angela Corey, the Florida State Prosecutor who led Dunn’s prosecution, has stated that she is determined to re-try Dunn on the hung murder charge.

Dunn’s attorney Strolla argues that statements that Dunn might make during his sentencing hearing could be used against him at his re-trial.

It is common for a convicted defendant facing sentencing to concede his offenses in an effort to demonstrate remorse and thereby receive a lesser sentence.

Dunn faces a potential of 60 years in prison on the three attempted murder charges (with firearm enhancements under Florida’s “10-20-Life” statute) and an additional 15 years for having fired into an occupied vehicle, the four charges on which he was convicted. In theory, at least, the sentencing judge has the discretion to sentence Dunn concurrently, such that the sentences would run simultaneously, rather than consecutively, in which each would run after the other. If run concurrently Dunn could serve as little as 20 years in prison, rather than the 75 years he would serve if the sentences are run consecutively.

(We have previously covered this issue of Florida sentencing law here:  Marissa Alexander May See Sentence Triple to 60 Years.)

Separately, Strolla has also informed the court that he will no longer be representing Dunn, and requested that the court appoint Dunn a public defender. It is common knowledge that Dunn has been unable to pay Strolla’s legal fees for a considerable period of time.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.