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Previously known as voluntary manslaughter, second-degree murder is essentially first-degree murder with the addition of certain mitigating factors that lessens the severity of the still unjustified killing. A conviction for second-degree requires the prosecution to establish beyond a reasonable the elements for first-degree murder and then it is upon the defendant to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she was under “serious provocation” at the time of the killing or that he or she acted under an unreasonable belief that the killing was justified.

Second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony eligible for probation and day-for-day credit.

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Homicide

Homicide includes intentional, unintentional, and justified killings

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First-Degree Murder

The sentence for first-degree murder can be natural life

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Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional and an unjustified killing

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