September 22, 2014
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Andrew Luster, a convicted rapist and heir to the Max Factor fortune, is seeking to have his 124-year prison sentence reduced and his conviction set aside.
The Ventura County Star reports a hearing was held Tuesday where Luster's attorney Jay Leiderman claims his client was denied effective counsel as well as other legal and constitutional violations. Leiderman argued previous defense attorneys should have encouraged Luster to seriously consider a plea bargain from prosecutors.
However, prosecutors said there was never a formal plea bargain offered to Luster.
Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, was on the lam when he was convicted in 2003 of drugging and raping three women. He was captured in Mexico that same year by the bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.
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