SCVTalk Home Page

Michael Dean Stephens Out in 2019?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 - 7:09pm
My criminal law professor at Drake University was always fond of stating that a second degree murder conviction was basically a self defense claim that did not quite make it. This shorthand explains well the (I think correct) conclusion of the jury in the Michael Dean Stephens case: A big brawl was going on but the defendant's resort to deadly force resulting in the death of Josh Pipho was not justified under the circumstances.

But due to California penal rules and other matters Michael Dean Stephens will most likely be out of prison for a homicide in 2019. Here is why:

Stephens was sentenced to 17 years to life for the homicide and 6 years for attempted murder under a plea agreement to be served consecutively, if KHTS is correct. In the California penal system non-capital offenders generally only serve one-half of their sentences before parole for so called "good time," which effectively means that they did not shiv a guard or another inmate during their incarceration.

So this means that Stephens would most likely serve 11.5 years of the total sentence, but this must be reduced by time served since he was in custody for three years awaiting trial, so Stephens has 8.5 years to go and can look forward to release in 2019.

Certainly no fun, but Stephens will still be under 30 when released with a chance for a life, while Josh Pipho was robbed of his.

Posted by Jeff Wilson   |   Post a Reply »
on Google+  | on Google+

, and this ad goes away!

*** Thank You! Your comment will be reviewed and posted shortly! ***

You are not Subscribed to Comments for this article. Click below to Subscribe to Comments:
Click here to subscribe to this article's comments.

Leave a Reply:

*** Thank You! Your comment will be reviewed and posted shortly! ***

*** Comments to this blog entry are now closed. ***

Name *                                                                       

Email * ( will not be published )

Web Site


To prevent spam, please type the verification code below:
    ( ? )
      * Tip: If you , you won't have to enter this code any more.

* SCVTalk by Email! *

Use the "Follow by Email" form below to get an email notification whenever a new SCVTalk article has been posted:

Follow by Email:

Search  Search this Blog:

  Recent Comments:
Brook writes:
Yes please keep linking - I haven't hit my limit yet this month and have been able to read...
posted: ~ 5 hrs. ago.
James Farley writes:
Great post Mike. Tapia told me they will have corn up until the Sunday before Thanksgiving at the...
posted: ~ 1 day, 21 hrs. ago.
bluto writes:
After some of the comments in the Signal after the 4th of July tragedy, I can see why the city...
posted: ~ 2 days, 1 hr. ago.
HenryJennings writes:
Well done. Thanks....
posted: ~ 2 days, 1 hr. ago.
The Speakeasy Bakery writes:
Honored to be a part of this list. We're on a mission, and Thanksgiving traditions should include...
posted: ~ 2 days, 2 hrs. ago.
Coastal Sage writes:
As the crow flies, it's not very far between the 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita/Castaic and Santa...
posted: ~ 3 days, 3 hrs. ago.
SCVMJB writes:
Thanks Josh for the photos at Newhall Brewery...
posted: ~ 3 days, 23 hrs. ago.
Don Ricketts writes:
I don't think the expression "drink/drank/drunk Kool Aid" has its origin in the Jim Jones...
posted: ~ 5 days ago.
Leslie writes:
Calstrs unfounded liability was addressed last year. Teachers increased their contribution to the...
posted: ~ 1 week, 1 day ago.
Pugliese writes:
The Nokia N75 was published in 2008 and was styled as a flip Nokia N-series phone. For example,...
posted: ~ 1 week, 3 days ago.

© 2014. All rights reserved., Santa Clarita, CA 91355. Phone: (661) 621-2072
Not affiliated with the City of Santa Clarita government.   Community Agreement  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  Mobile Version