Second-Degree Murder Convictions Mean Imprisonment

In Minnesota, second-degree murder is defined as being malicious with the intent to kill.

Unlike first-degree murder, second-degree murder is not premeditated, and unlike third-degree murder, it is not caused by carelessness or indifference. It is usually a crime that is committed "in the heat of the moment."

Second-degree murder is either intentional or unintentional. Prosecutors will often charge a defendant with second-degree murder in order to secure more time to prepare a first-degree murder charge. The mental state of the defendant at the time the crime was committed is the primary factor when deliberations occur between first and second-degree murder.

Second-degree murder is a serious charge that could carry a penalty of imprisonment if found guilty.

Minnesota Statute 609.19 states that anyone who is found guilty of second-degree murder may be sentenced to imprisonment for no more than forty years. Depending on the nature of the crime and other charges, more or less time might be added or reduced from the sentence.

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