- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court has struck down the five-year prison sentence of a man who beat the mother of his children because a judge failed to advise him that his admission of a prior conviction could result in a more severe penalty.

In its ruling Monday the high court said Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Fall made a mistake when she sentenced Joshua Cross in 2011.

Cross was convicted by a jury of felony infliction of corporal injury. He received a longer sentence after his lawyer acknowledged he had previously pleaded no contest to the same crime involving the same victim.

The court said Fall failed to tell Cross that the admission could result in more prison time.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1Ehc3tf) the case will return to a lower court for further proceedings.

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