Rosenfeld Firm Client Avoids 7 Consecutive Life Sentences; All Charges Dismissed in State Court Following Substantial Motions by the Defense

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M.R.N., a client of The Rosenfeld Law Firm, faced 18 charges including first degree robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm following an incident involving a marijuana transaction in June of 2018. The State of California has dismissed all charges against M.R.N., who was represented by criminal defense attorney Ken Rosenfeld.

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Ken Rosenfeld, California Criminal Defense Attorney

My client, a businessman we will call M.R.N., intended to engage in what he perceived—and what all parties understood to be—a legal transaction. (M.R.N.) received a fantastic resolution, which did not include torture, mayhem, marijuana, or use of a gun.

An Illinois man who allegedly engaged in a transaction of cannabis that resulted in the kidnapping and torture of six victims, as well as the theft of marijuana and personal items in Calaveras, CA, in June of 2018, has found all charges against him (Case # 18F7351) dismissed by the State of California.

M.R.N., 32, was one of seven suspects involved in what court documents indicate was a prearranged purchase of 5,000 pounds of marijuana for $500,000. The court file states that no money was exchanged, but instead, six individuals were tied up, beaten, and threatened with firearms, and a van filled with cannabis was stolen. The incident concluded in a high-speed chase with police. One of the suspects jumped from a moving vehicle during the chase and was pronounced dead at the scene.

“My client, a businessman, intended to engage in what he perceived—and what all parties understood to be—a legal transaction,” said attorney Ken Rosenfeld of The Rosenfeld Law Firm, who defended M.R.N. “(M.R.N.) was looking at seven consecutive life sentences for the alleged acts. It was very satisfying that we were able to have all the charges dismissed in the state court.”

Eighteen charges, including one special allegation, were made against each of the defendants in the case. Included among the allegations, for which there were multiple charges, were: first degree robbery, assault on a person with a semiautomatic firearm, kidnapping to commit robbery, and kidnapping for ransom or extortion. There was also a charge involving the out-of-state transport and sale of an excess of 28.5 grams of marijuana.

The case, although dropped by the State of California, was picked up by the FBI as a federal case (Case # 1:18-CR-00219-DAD-BAM-4).

“The federal charges were very minor compared to the state charges,” said Rosenfeld. “(M.R.N.) received a fantastic resolution, which did not include torture, mayhem, marijuana, or use of a gun.”

About The Rosenfeld Law Firm
The Rosenfeld Law Firm, located in Sacramento and San Jose, has successfully defended a number of high-profile media cases. As a California criminal defense lawyer, Ken Rosenfeld aggressively serves his clients across a wide scope of cases, from first-degree murder to driving under the influence (California DUI defense), with a specialty in defending sex offense cases. An expert criminal law commentator who is regularly seen on KTXL FOX 40's Ask An Attorney, Ken Rosenfeld has made a number of appearances on television and radio, including national media, as a legal expert. His criminal defense law firm also practices federal criminal defense and juvenile defense, as well as appellate law, prison law, and mental health law. For more information, please contact Ken Rosenfeld directly at (916) 447-2070, or visit

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