Did you see this story on AZ Central?
A Purple Heart recipient was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for the second-degree murder of a friend who was killed in Phoenix during the commission of a crime.
Adrian De La Cruz, 29, pleaded guilty in March after his friend, Thomas G. Ramirez Gonzalez, was killed by police after the two, along with Jose Luis Chacon, 20, tried to steal a miniature refrigerator from an Officer's pickup outside Hurricane Bay bar near 43rd Avenue and Bell Road.
This is usally referred to as the "Felony Murder Rule". The article has a good explanation:
The law states that suspects can be charged with murder if they have reason to believe that the crime they are participating in — the predicate felony — comes with a reasonable likelihood of death.
OK. Let's assume that the law itself isn't the problem. Did the prosecutor and judge really believe that the defendant had reason to beleive that stealing a mini fridge out of the back of a truck was a crime that came with a "reasonable likelihood of death?"