glorious_spoon (glorious_spoon) wrote in little_details,

modern day murder laws and a military question

I have a fic set in South Carolina, and I'm trying to figure out what kind of sentence a woman would get for shooting a guy who raped her teenage daughter. She has no criminal record and legally owned the gun she used; I'm just trying to figure out if this is going to be possible within the timeline I've created. I also need to know if she could be paroled and if so, how soon. Also, would she be able to legally own or inherit a gun of any kind after she got out?

I've read through the murder laws for South Carolina, but the legalese makes my head hurt, and I couldn't find anything conclusive on Google or Wikipedia.

(I'm not sure if I can have two questions in one post, but--)

How would the case of a gay Marine be handled prior to DADT (in the late eighties or early nineties)? The Wikipedia page on LGBT policies in the US military doesn't specify, and most of the military pages I've seen seem to deal with current regs.

I know he would have been discharged, but what type of discharge would he have received? Would this have affected his ability to find work afterward? Also, am I correct in thinking that a dishonorable discharge is usually reserved for cases of extreme--ie, criminal--misbehavior?

Thanks :)
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc), usa: military (misc), usa: south carolina

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