The defendant was convicted of murder and violating the Combating Domestic Violence Act for killing his girlfriend after the police had warned him to stay away. Before sentencing, the court noted that the defendant’s punishment had to reflect the “extremely serious” nature of his crime. The court stated that “[t]he sentence . . . must reflect the seriousness [with] which the court regards any such act of violence committed against women and all other vulnerable people in our society,” and imposed a 32-year sentence (¶¶ 10–11).
State v. Waterboer