SAN FRANCISCO: A federal appeals court upheld the murder conviction of a California woman who shot her boyfriend, even though the victim did not die from the gunshot.
The events began when Soila Gracia fired twice into the floor during a lover's quarrel in 1987 with Mr Albert Sandoval. One of the bullets ricocheted and struck Mr Sandoval in the leg. Gracia took him to hospital, where gangrene set in after he had to wait more than 24 hours for surgery. The leg was amputated and Mr Sandoval died of a heart attack during subsequent surgery. Gracia is serving a 17 years-to-life sentence.