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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Washington 'Vigilante' Arrested

Patrick Drum, 34, from Sequim, Washington was arrested last Sunday for the killing of two sex offenders guilty of child sex crimes. His arrest came after he wrote and signed an apology note stating that he hated sex offenders and “it had to be done.” His vigilant proclamations continued after his arrest in his probable cause statement where he stated he had planned on killing sex offenders as long as he could until he was caught.

Drum will face charges of aggravated first-degree murder, carrying the possibility of a death sentence in the state of Washington. However, this is not his first offense, as he was previously convicted and served four years in prison for drug related charges. Bill Benedict, the local sheriff stated, "Anyone who is interested in taking things into their own hands and deciding to attack sex offenders in the community, we will deal with them very strongly.”

Along with taking the lives of two sex offenders, Drum has decided to take his criminal defense into his own hands. Instead of seeking a criminal defense attorney Drum told the judge he would defend himself. Defending himself against aggravated first-degree murder will prove challenging for Drum. In Washington State, first-degree murder is when there is a premeditated intent to cause death of another person and if convicted, their sentence isn't anything less than life imprisonment. Aggravated first-degree murder is when one commits first-degree murder with an aggravated circumstance. In Drum’s case it may be considered aggravated because there was more than one victim and the murders were part of a common scheme, in which case Drum can receive the death penalty.

Source: Fox News

If you are charged with felony-murder, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.

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