"Prison Break" Actor To Plead Guilty To Manslaughter
The arraignment of actor Lane Garrison was postponed in a Beverly Hills, Calif., court this morning after his attorney told the judge they were anticipating resolving the charges with a plea bargain.
What exactly is a plea bargain? It is an agreement in a criminal case in which a prosecutor and a defendant arrange to settle the case against the defendant.
The defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest in exchange for some agreement from the prosecutor as to the punishment.
A plea bargain can also include the prosecutor agreeing to charge a lesser crime and dismissing some of the charges against the defendant.
Garrison, who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter showed up this morning with his lawyer, Harland Braun, at the Beverly Hills courthouse.
The lawyer said to the media Garrison will plead guilty on May 21 and added "There is no sentencing bargaining going on."
The judge will have complete discretion, which means Garrison faces a maximum of six years in prison.
Braun said he is waiting for engineers to come back with reports on whether there was a mechanical defect that contributed to the accident.
If so, that could affect the sentence.
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