What type of punishment should Mary Maloney receive and why?

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think that Mary Maloney would most likely be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.  Involuntary manslaughter refers to unintentional homicide from reckless conduct.  I do not believe that Mary Maloney intended to kill her husband with the leg of lamb.  I do believe that she wanted to hurt him though.  Because of the unintentional part, I can't consider convicting her of second degree murder, because the punishment seems too severe. Involuntary manslaughter is treated as a felony regardless of whether the crime was committed at the federal or state level.  Generally, it carries a one year prison sentence plus fines.  That punishment seems appropriate for Mary Maloney.  I do not consider her a danger to others in the community, so I feel a longer prison sentence is unnecessary.  

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