If you intentionally cause the death of another person, you will face a homicide charge. There are a number of different offenses in the New York criminal code connected with the crime of taking the life of another person. These include homicide, manslaughter and murder. Of all of the offenses that are related to homicide, the most heinous are murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and aggravated murder. Every one of these is a class A-I felony. What this means to you is that if you are convicted, you could be sentenced to life in prison. Under New York Penal Law § 125.26, you could face prosecution for aggravated murder if you:
A Case Law Example
A deputy sheriff responded to a 911 call in which the neighbors of the defendant, Mr. Christian Patterson, reported noise from a domestic dispute between Patterson and his girlfriend. They also reported that they believed that Mr. Patterson might be armed. When the deputy arrived, Patterson indeed had a shotgun in his hand and refused to surrender to law enforcement officials. At some point during his interaction with police, Mr. Patterson was knocked down and he released the gun. The deputy then approached Mr. Patterson, intending to shoot him with a taser. All of a sudden, Patterson grabbed for ]his shotgun and shot and killed the deputy sheriff. Patterson was subsequently convicted of aggravated murder. His case was the People v. Patterson, 2014 NY Slip Op 1853 (N.Y. App. Div., 2014)
Offenses that are Related
Murder in the second degree: New York Penal Law § 125.25
Murder in the first degree: New York Penal Law § 125.27
You have a defense under New York Penal Law § 125.26(3)(a) against an aggravated murder charge if you killed another individual while under the influence of an extreme emotional disturbance for which there exists a reasonable explanation. That said, if you were truly acting under an extreme emotional disturbance, you still could face prosecution for a manslaughter charge.
Due to the fact that aggravated murder is categorized as a class A-I felony, you could be sentenced to life in prison.
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