State v. O'Neill

State v. O'Neill, 200 Conn. 268, 511 A.2d 321 (1986), involved the arson sentencing scheme. At issue in O'Neill were the mandatory minimum sentences for arson in the first degree and arson murder, which imposed, respectively, a ten year minimum sentence and no minimum sentence. The Court stated that "arson murder requires a greater degree of culpability and criminality than first degree arson because arson murder involves both arson and death. On the other hand, arson in the first degree requires a lesser degree of culpability and criminality." State v. O'Neill, supra, 200 Conn. at 289. The court found that this result violated the defendant's equal protection rights. Id.