Death is the maximum sentence. You need to provide facts before the other questions can be answered.
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The death penalty of course. It can be dropped to voluntary manslaughter if it was done in the heat of passion/sudden quarrel or in imperfect self-defense. Involuntary manslaughter is a much lesser crime but still of course serious. I would be surprised to see 1st degree dropped to invol.Ask a similar question
Mr. Fink is incorrect.
First degree murder is punishable by 25-life in state prison. There can be additional time based on the use of a weapon (for example if a firearm was used, it can add 25-life on top of it, making the exposure 50 to life).
It is only punishable by the death penalty if there are special circumstances alleged and proven - even then the DA has to seek the death penalty, otherwise it's life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP).
Can it be dropped to manslaughter? Yes - depending on the facts. Will he get that as a plea offer? I don't know. Manslaughter is a lesser offense to murder and depending on the facts of the case, it may be presented to the jury as a lesser offense.
The bottom line is that your boyfriend needs the best criminal defense attorney you can get. He's looking at potentially the rest of his life in prison.Ask a similar question
Mr Dane is correct that you can't get the death penalty for murder one unless special circumstances are proven and pled by the DA and a jury imposes it after a penalty phase. In my opinion that does not make my opinion of Mr. Fink's incorrect.Ask a similar question