Off duty Michigan State Trooper was sentenced last week for hitting two pedestrians on an Ionia County road in August of 2011. The State Trooper was originally charged with Manslaughter, a felony; and two misdemeanors: two counts of Moving Violation Causing Death or Serious Impairment of Bodily Function. The State Trooper admits that the accident was caused by distracted driving. The Trooper stated that he looked down from the road and reached for his cell phone which had fallen to the floor. One of the victims died as a result of the accident. The Trooper later pled guilty to attempted Manslaughter.
The Trooper was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation. In addition, he will no longer meet the no felony record requirement to serve as a Michigan State Trooper and will suffer revocation of his driver's license.
Manslaughter (homicide) is a felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $7,500.00.
Attempted Manslaughter is a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment.
Moving Violation Causing Death or Serious Impairment of Bodily Function is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine up to $2000.00.
If you have been charged with Manslaughter or any other Homicide, it is imperative to retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.