Of all crimes that can be committed, murder is one of the most serious and severely punishable offenses in the United States. However, murder charges are based upon the defendant’s state of mind when committing the crime.
Levels of Murder
The Kansas Statutes outlines the levels of murder one can commit: Capital Murder, Murder in the First Degree, and Murder in the Second Degree.
Capital murder is the intentional and premeditated killing of a person in conjunction with another crime such as kidnapping, the intentional and premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer, a contract to kill someone, or killing of more than one person in the same scheme.
Penalty for Capital Murder
The sentence upon conviction in Kansas is generally the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Murder in the First Degree
There are two types of murder in the first degree. The first is premediated murder, where the defendant acted intentionally and with premeditation during the murder.
The second type is felony murder, which is committed when a person dies while committing another felony crime.
Penalties for Murder in the First Degree
Generally, the penalty in Kansas is a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 25 years for felony murder and the possibility of parole in 50 years for premeditated murder.
Murder in the Second Degree
There are two types of murder in the second degree. The first is when the defendant acts intentionally during the killing.
The second type is reckless second-degree murder. This happens when the defendant kills another person unintentionally—but recklessly, and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Penalties for Murder in the Second Degree
The potential penalty for intentional second-degree murder is based upon the defendant’s criminal history, but in Kansas it ranges from 147 months to 653 months in prison.
The potential penalty for reckless second-degree murder in Kansas varies from 109 to 493 months in prison based upon the defendant’s criminal history.
Former Prosecutor Jeremy D. Koop is on Your Side
If you or a loved one has recently been accused of committing any level of murder, you should contact former Prosecutor Jeremy D. Koop for help. Jeremy has successfully tried murder cases and has an extensive background in violent crimes and complex criminal cases. Most importantly, Jeremy will provide you with the aggressive defense you need when fighting your case.
The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice; it is for general informational purposes only.