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What is the maximum sentence for manslaughter?

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Manslaughter is eligible for sentencing up to life in prison. The sentence depends on a variety of factors from the defendant's past and the particulars of the case.

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Each state has different standards and limitations for sentencing based on the severity and type of crime. For example, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter generally have different sentences. The length of the sentence also sometimes depends on the weapons involved and on the age of the victim. If the accused has prior convictions, the sentence is sometimes longer, as well. The standard sentence for manslaughter is between 20 and 30 years of imprisonment if there are no special considerations involved in the court proceedings.

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