Murder is defined as unlawfully taking another’s life, with premeditation or preplanning, while in the attempt or commission of a felony offense, or while perpetrating an act which is imminently dangerous to the lives of others, with wanton disregard for the safety of others. Depending on the classification of the offense, murder may be punishable by life in prison or by death.
Manslaughter, a lesser charge than murder, is generally defined as unlawfully taking another’s life due to negligence or in a situation that does not constitute murder. Manslaughter may involve an accidental death or perhaps an act committed in the heat of passion, which the offender would not normally perpetrate if he or she had been thinking clearly. Manslaughter may be punishable by life in prison, or by imprisonment in state prison for up to 15 years.
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