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In the case of a woman who killed a passenger in a head on

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In the case of a woman who killed a passenger in a head on collision in the other car, and the grand jury has cited manslaughter due to negligent and wreckless driving. What is the process? Once the grand jury finds her guilty of manslaughter, then is she indicted and then sentenced in a criminal/jury trial? This woman has a warrant out for her arrest since she has left the area. Hopefully there isn't any way to reduce this sentence. The eyewitness testimony from 7 people as well as scientific and other hard evidence should be very hard to try her on lesser charge(s).

Thank you

Tere
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  N Cal Attorney replied 7 years ago.
She was indicted by the grand jury and will have a trial in Court with a trial jury once they locate and arrest her. She has to be arrested and arraigned before the trial can begin.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol14_Ch0701-0853/HRS0706/HRS_0706-0659.htm states
§706-659 Sentence of imprisonment for class A felony. Notwithstanding part II; sections 706-605, 706-606, 706-606.5, 706-660.1, 706-661, and 706-662; and any other law to the contrary, a person who has been convicted of a class A felony, except class A felonies defined in chapter 712, part IV, shall be sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment of twenty years without the possibility of suspension of sentence or probation. The minimum length of imprisonment shall be determined by the Hawaii paroling authority in accordance with section 706-669. A person who has been convicted of a class A felony defined in chapter 712, part IV, may be sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment, except as provided for in section 706-660.1 relating to the use of firearms in certain felony offenses and section 706-606.5 relating to repeat offenders. When ordering such a sentence, the court shall impose the maximum length of imprisonment which shall be twenty years. The minimum length of imprisonment shall be determined by the Hawaii paroling authority in accordance with section 706-669. [L 1980, c 294, §1; am L 1994, c 229, §3]
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Aloha   Thank you so much. This is what we had hoped to hear. She took the life of an awesome 8 year old who always helped others and was always looking for ways to do this. I/we pray that she is found soon and that she spends her life in jail to think about what she did. She is on the "run" according to prosecutors.
Expert:  N Cal Attorney replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for accepting my answerCustomer and thank you very much for the bonus!