In criminal law it is not unusual for someone to be punished for an unintended consequence of a criminal act.
A 31-year-old Grand Ledge man was arraigned on the charge of involuntary manslaughter last Wednesday for the death of a man resulting from an assault and battery that took place in downtown Lansing. The assault and battery took place early January 1, 2012 after the deceased was asked to leave a local pub because of an argument. After the assault and battery the victim slipped into a coma and later died on January 3, 2012.
A preliminary hearing determining whether the Grand Ledge man will stand for trial is set for April 20, 2012. A second man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in this case but has not been arraigned.
Assault and Battery is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to 93 days, and/or a fine up to $500.00.
Although a defendant may not have intended death or great bodily harm, blows to the victim's head or body leading to his unexpected death causes the defendant to be responsible for the result. This increases the misdemeanor (assault and battery) to a felony of involuntary manslaughter.
Manslaughter is a felony punishable by imprisonment up to 15 years, and/or a fine up to $7,500.00; whether voluntary or involuntary.
If you are charged with a criminal act or an unintended consequence of a criminal act, it is imperative to retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.