State v. Miller
Felony murder is not appropriately characterized as an unclassified felony. The self-represented defendant, Khari Miller, appealed from the denial of his motion to correct an illegal sentence. On appeal, he argued that the trial court improperly found that felony murder in violation of C.G.S. §53a-54c is a class A felony, rather than an unclassified felony. The Appellate Court disagreed and affirmed the judgment. Contrary to the defendant's claim that felony murder is appropriately characterized as an unclassified felony, Connecticut case law makes it clear that it is punishable as a class A felony. As stated in the 2011 Appellate Court case of State v. Cross, "felony murder is simply one form of the crime of murder." The trial court properly denied the defendant's motion to correct.