One evening I was home when suddenly there was pounding on the front door,I went to answer it,but then the window in the back room got broken out. I didn't know which way to go, then men outside started shouting my roommates name & demanding to open the door or they were going to kick it in. I told them through the door he wasn't home, come back later,they started kicking the door & continued ordering me to open it. During this time I quietly called my boyfriend & told him what was going on. He said he would be right over. We hung up fast because I didn't want the men to see me on the phone. I figured I should open the door before they kick it in. So, I opened the front door, there were two men, both were wearing Hoodie sweatshirts. One of them had a Samurai sword strapped to his back, the other one was holding a gun, pointed at me. They demanded to see richard,(Richard was my roommate) I informed them he wasn't home. They said that they were there to recover some things for a friend. They said richard robbed a friend of there's & they wanted her stuff back. They handed me a list but none of the stuff on it was at our house. They started searching the house.
If someone was killed, get an attorney. This forum is not going to resolve your concerns.
Here's the bottom line: He needs the best attorney he can get. I can only assume he's being charged as a participant in the killing. Depending on the charges and allegations, he could face life in prison.
But if he is not guilty - either under a theory of self defense or some other defense, then he does no time.
This cannot be easily answered here online. I know you are searching for answers, but this goes way beyond a simple "what will happen" situation.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
Hire an experienced lawyer. There may be good defenses here of defense of a 3rd party (you). But, a lawyer must know ALL of the facts, not just some of the facts, before he or she can fully advise you or your boyfriend. This is a very serious situation. You need a very good and experienced lawyer and there is likely going to be a lot of investigation. Good luck.
Generally speaking, if intruders show up to a home with a samurai sword, force their way in, and hold a gun to someone's head, whoever kills one of the intruders might invoke self-defense or defense of a third person. But nobody can say what will happen to the shooter here based on a snippet of information that doesn't clearly say what happened. Your roommate - I assume that's who you're asking about because your boyfriend doesn't seem to have been present - needs a criminal defense attorney very badly. Your question is beyond the scope of this forum.
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