MA Criminal Law – Manslaughter, Penalties for Manslaughter

  • Massachusetts General Laws
  • Part IV Crimes, Punishments and Proceedings in Criminal Cases
  • Title I Crimes and Punishments
  • Chapter 265 Crimes Against The Person

Section 13.  Manslaughter; punishment

[ Text of section effective until July 15, 2010. For text effective July 15, 2010, see below.]

Section 13. Whoever commits manslaughter shall, except as hereinafter provided, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years. Whoever commits manslaughter while violating the provisions of sections one hundred and one to one hundred and two B, inclusive, of chapter two hundred and sixty-six shall be imprisoned in the state prison for life or for any term of years.

Chapter 265: Section 13. Manslaughter; punishment

[ Text of section as amended by 2010, 160, Sec. 5 effective July 15, 2010. For text effective until July 15, 2010, see above.]

Section 13. Whoever commits manslaughter shall, except as hereinafter provided, be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years. Whoever commits manslaughter while violating the provisions of sections 102 to 102C, inclusive, of chapter 266 shall be imprisoned in the state prison for life or for any term of years.