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10/07/87 State of Louisiana, v. Carl E. Cumella

October 7, 1987

STATE OF LOUISIANA, APPELLEE

v.

CARL E. CUMELLA, APPELLANT 1987.LA.799 DATE DECIDED: OCTOBER 7, 1987

PUBLIC DOMAIN CITE: STATE

v.

CUMELLA , 87-238 (LA. APP. 3 CIR. 10/7/87); 517 SO. 2D 1059 APPEAL FROM THE NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, IN AND FOR THE PARISH OF RAPIDES, STATE OF LOUISIANA, BEFORE HONORABLE ALFRED A. MANSOUR, DISTRICT JUDGE, PRESIDING.



COURT OF APPEAL OF LOUISIANA, THIRD CIRCUIT

APPELLATE PANEL:

Foret, Laborde & Knoll, JJ.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE FORET

Defendant, Carl E. Cumella, was charged by bill of information with criminal conspiracy to commit first degree murder, a violation of La. R.S. 14:26. Defendant entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve eighteen years at hard labor. He now seeks review of this sentence arguing that it is excessive under the circumstances of his case.

FACTS

Several months prior to Srptember 22, 1980, one Joan Brown, wife of Bob Brown, approached one Sonny Giordano and requested that he have her husband killed. She informed Giordano that there was considerable insurance on the life of her husband and she would be able to pay him after her husband's death. Giordano then consulted with defendant to verify the insurance information. Defendant, who, from time to time, had been in the insurance business, had previously ...


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