Voluntary manslaughter is the intentional or knowing killing of another person in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner. In Tennessee, voluntary manslaughter is a Class C felony. The sentencing range is three (3) to fifteen (15) years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Reckless homicide is the reckless killing of another person. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony. Sentences range from two (2) to twelve (12) years and a fine of up to $5000.

Criminally negligent homicide is criminally negligent conduct that results in a death of another person.   Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony, which carries a sentence of one (1) to six (6) years in prison and a fine of up to $3000.

Even if you are not convicted in a criminal court, the victim’s families may file a wrongful death suit against you.

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