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.
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