Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cook found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

After 11 hours of deliberation, the jury rejected the state's claims of malice and found Raymond Cook guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of 2nd degree murder.

A sentencing hearing is being held now.

In North Carolina, involuntary manslaughter is a class F felony, while 2nd degree murder is a class B2 felony.

What this means, is that for someone with a limited prior record, a level II offender, the sentence possibilities are drastically different.
  • Second Degree Murder: presumptively punishable by 12-15 years in prison.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: presumptively punishible by 15-19 months in prison, with option for intermediate sentence--which is an intense probationary sentence.
By its verdict, the jury has spared Mr. Cook 10+ extra years in prison. Most likely, given the tenor of the case, the judge will sentence to an active sentence, but Cook could avoid prison entirely.

Read more here.

2 comments:

Victor Eremita said...

Apparently he was sentenced to 3 years.

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

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