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George Huguely Charges and Sentencing Guidelines

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George Huguely faces the following charges: 

  • First-degree murder  - the jury can pick from a series of charges in regards to the first-degree murder charge:
    • Guilty of first-degree murder - premeditated, intentional killing.
    • Guilty of second-degree murder - murder with malice that is not premeditated.
    • Guilty of voluntary manslaughter - intentional killing in the heat of passion.
    • Guilty of involuntary manslaughter - unlawful and unintentional killing.
    • Not guilty.
  • Felony murder in the commission or attempted commission of a robbery
  • Robbery
  • Burglary - Breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny
  • Statutory Burglary - Breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery
  • Grand larceny 

General Sentencing Guidelines: 

  • First-degree murder:  whether as premeditated or as felony murder, ranges from 20 years to life.
  • Second-degree murder: ranges from 5 to 40 years.
  • Manslaughter - voluntary or involuntary: ranges from 0 to 10 years.
  • Burglary:  He is charged with two counts of burglary, but he only went in once, so although the jury could find him guilty under both indictments, the judge would actually sentence him under only one of the following two counts:
    • Statutory burglary ranges from 0 to 20 years.
    • Burglary (not to be confused with statutory burglary) ranges from 5 to 20 years.
  • Grand larceny ranges from 0 to 20 years.
  • Robbery ranges from 5 years to life.

Further reading: NBC29 Legal Expert Lloyd Snook's blog entry: 'How the Huguely jury might — or could — approach the decision'

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