In order to prove the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
- That the defendant committed an unintentional and unlawful killing. In other words, that the killing was unlawful and that the defendant intended the conduct that caused the death, but the prosecutor does not need to prove that the defendant intended the death that resulted from the conduct;
- That the killing was caused by wanton or reckless conduct. This means that the defendant's actions created a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to another; and
- The wanton or reckless conduct caused the death of the person.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 13, provides for commitment to state prison for up to 20 years upon a conviction for the crime of Involuntary Manslaughter.
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