Jan. 26, 2023 – People v. Bolanos (5th Dist., F082970)

The Court of Appeal rejects several of appellant’s sentencing-related claims, including: (1) that the youthful offender parole scheme (PC 3051) violates equal protection by excluding people sentenced under the One Strike law (PC 667.61); and (2) that the trial court should have stayed some of the One Strike sentences pursuant to PC 654. The court agrees that the 25-year-to-life sentence for a PC 667.61(a) enhancement was unauthorized, but finds the proper remedy is to impose a 15-year-to-life sentence under PC 667.61(b).