Wisconsin law states whoever causes the death of another person with intent to kill that person (or another) is guilty of first-degree intentional homicide; the penalty is life imprisonment.
If the death has any of the mitigating factors listed below, the killing can be lowered to second-degree intentional homicide, which has maximum sentence of 60 years:
Unnecessary defensive force
Prevention of felony
Coercion or necessity
Wisconsin law also addresses deaths that were not intentional. First-degree reckless homicide is defined as recklessly causing the death of another person under circumstances which show utter disregard for human life. The same killing without utter disregard for human life qualifies as second-degree reckless homicide.
A death that occurs during the commission of a crime qualifies as a felony murder. The penalty for felony murder is up to 15 years in addition to the imprisonment for the original crime or its attempt.
Homicide and murder charges have severe penalties and have the possibility for very long prison sentences. If you have been charged with homicide or murder, seek the advice of an experienced attorney immediately.
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