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Va. Cir.: Defendants can plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit (access required)

Even if he factually did not commit a charged offense, a criminal defendant may plead guilty to avoid potential conviction of a more serious crime or imposition of a worse sentence. Courts considering such pleas should require the defendant to assert that the plea is for his own perceived benefit. Background Defendant Milton Ernesto Varela Ayala was charged ...