Our client was 19 years old when he was convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to life without parole (“LWOP”). His direct appeal was denied, and for years he resigned himself to the prospect that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.

But after many years, our client’s family hired Patrick Mulligan. Patrick obtained and reviewed all of the trial transcripts and relevant supporting documents, and found multiple instances of ineffective assistance of counsel.

Patrick filed a complex postconviction (Rule 35c) motion and multiple supporting briefs detailing the numerous examples of trial counsel’s ineffective representation. Over a period of more than 2 years, after multiple procedural hearings and supplemental briefs, Patrick was able to initiate negotiations with the Office of the District Attorney, and the parties reached a settlement.

On June 3, 2024, Patrick Mulligan appeared in Denver District Court on behalf of our client, and announced the settlement to the court. Pursuant to the agreement of the parties, the court vacated the Defendant’s conviction for first degree murder, as well as the life without parole sentence. The court agreed to the entry of a conviction for second degree murder, and stipulated sentence of 35 years, relating back to the original sentencing date in 2008. Because the Defendant has already served almost 18 years in prison, he should be eligible for parole immediately.

Patrick Mulligan has succeeded in achieving reversal of dozens of convictions and sentences in his extraordinary career, including multiple homicide convictions and life sentences. Patrick’s extensive experience in trial, appellate, and postconviction (Rule 35c) litigation is unique in Colorado. With 37 years of success as a criminal defense attorney, Patrick Mulligan has the experience to litigate any criminal case. If you or someone you love needs assistance with an appeal or a postconviction matter, call Mulligan Breit at 303-295-1500.

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