What type of punishment should Mary Maloney receive and why?
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.