Jun 13, 2018
Kimberly Felder waives preliminary; case will resolve with a plea to attempted murder and great bodily injury
Preliminary hearing for Kimberly Felder was scheduled for June 13. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing today and was held to answer on all five counts and special allegations in the original complaint.
This Friday she will be arraigned on information. The attorneys have worked out a negotiated disposition. Felder will enter a no contest plea to Count 1, attempted murder and special allegation of great bodily injury.
At intervention, defense had indicated that a waiver to the preliminary may be entered on June 13. It was also indicated matters may resolve.
The DA's office had stated at the last hearing that they would communicate with the victims about a possible resolution in the case.
Under California law, "attempted murder" is when you (1) intend to kill someone and (2) take a "direct step" towards killing that person, but he or she does not die. "Attempted first-degree murder" carries a life sentence (with the possibility of parole, as determined by the California Board of Parole Hearings); otherwise the sentencing range is generally 5 to 9 years in state prison.
First-degree attempted murder:
If convicted of first-degree attempted murder...which means that the attempted murder was willful, deliberate, and premeditated...you face a life sentence in the California state prison with the possibility of parole (to be determined during a California parole board "lifer" hearing).
If the first-degree attempted murder was committed against a peace officer, firefighter, or other protected person who was engaged in the performance of his/her duties, you face the same sentence, but must serve a mandatory minimum 15-year sentence.19
Second-degree attempted murder:
If convicted of second-degree attempted murder...which is any murder attempt that isn't willful, deliberate, and premeditated...you face a five, seven, or nine-year state prison sentence.