Most jurisdictions have a mechanism to reduce total time to serve. However, the statement you make that it is his first offense seems a bit misleading. Check with a competent local attorney to direct you further. Good luck.
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1. "First Offense" and "criminal background limited to shoplifting, possession of marijuana, and driving without a license" are not the same thing. This may be his first crime of violence, but it's not his first crime. It also ignores the fact that he was pending a misdemeanor domestic violence charge (RIM1403515) at the time that the felony case arose. He pled guilty in both cases.
2. You state no grounds for appeal. In California, appellate courts don't vacate judgments or sentences in criminal cases without damn good reason. Almost none of those reasons are "that's not fair." At least, not in the way that the layperson tends to use that phrase.
3. The time to file a notice of appeal has lapsed. He had 60 days after he was sentenced to file a notice of appeal. He pled on 5/2/14. There may be some sort of magic writ that can be filed, but I'm not familiar with anything that is remotely likely to be present here.
4. While he did get a very stiff sentence, the charges against him were quite serious. He was represented by an (appointed) attorney. There's nothing in the sentence that strikes me as illegal, no matter how disproportionate it may be with regard to the facts of the case.
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Mr. Moore apparently has more information than the rest of . I would differ to his response.
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