This question is about Hans Reiser, a well known software developer who murdered his wife and is currently serving his prison term for that.
His case has drawn significant media attention, mainly because there wasn't a body. It is still exceptional in the sense that he was convicted without the body of his wife having been found, which is nearly impossible in Californian criminal law.
He was arrested in Oct, 2006 and was convicted on first-degree murder on April 28, 2008 for 25 years to life. Later, as a result of a plea bargain, this was reduced to second degree murder and to 15 to life. As the result of the plea bargain, he can't appeal his conviction or sentence.
He was sentenced under California Law, and sits since his arrest in different Californian state prisons.
- In some countries, if a convict has a good behavior, a part of his term can be reduced, typically 1/4 or 1/5. Can it happen in California, in his case?
- The 15 years are counted from his arrest, or from his conviction?
- In what circumstances could he ever be released? As I understood, "15 to life" means essentially a lifelong prison term, with the possibility of release after at least 15 served years. Which depends on what? Who decides it?