involuntary manslaughter

noun

Definition of involuntary manslaughter 

: manslaughter resulting from the failure to perform a legal duty expressly required to safeguard human life, from the commission of an unlawful act not constituting a felony, or from the commission of a lawful act in a negligent or improper manner

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Hinton originally was indicted on a second-degree murder charge but ended up pleading guilty to a lesser count of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year. Felicia Fonseca, Fox News, "Arizona man sentenced to 8 years in death of teen girlfriend," 10 July 2018 Hinton originally was indicted on a second-degree murder charge but ended up pleading guilty to a lesser count of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year. Felicia Fonseca, The Seattle Times, "Arizona man sentenced to 8 years in death of teen girlfriend," 10 July 2018 Hinton originally was indicted on a second-degree murder charge but ended up pleading guilty to a lesser count of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year. Washington Post, "Arizona man sentenced to 8 years in death of teen girlfriend," 10 July 2018 The case was going to go to trial this year, but Sails pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-teacher sentenced to probation in student's drowning in school pool," 30 May 2018 In that case, the attorney general's office is seeing to reinstate dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter against five defendants. Mark Scolforo, chicagotribune.com, "More Penn State frat members head to trial over pledge's 2017 death," 7 May 2018 None of the defendants was in court Friday, as prosecutors sought for the second time in a year to persuade Centre County Judge Allen Sinclair to hold them for trial on charges that range from involuntary manslaughter to hazing. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Penn State frat death hearing resumes amid call for tougher hazing penalties," 23 Mar. 2018 Derick Almena and Max Harris plead guilty of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the deadly 2016 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, California, on Tuesday (July 3). Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Ghost Ship Organizers Found Guilty in Deadly Warehouse Fire, Accept Plea Deals," 3 July 2018 In 2015, the involuntary manslaughter charge against Sails was dismissed by Maceroni based on a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court in a similar school drowning case. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-teacher sentenced to probation in student's drowning in school pool," 30 May 2018

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1792, in the meaning defined above

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