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More charges for MerrillPosted Sunday, August 26, 2007, at 6:35 PM
Here's something you may have never heard of before.
Jason Merrill, the young man charged with the July deaths of Peter and Susan AuBuchon, has had two more manslaughter charges tacked onto his list.
He has already been charged with two counts of the Class B felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, one count of the Class C felony of assault in the second degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Now, added on to that list are two counts of the class d felony of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree. These charges are for the same two deaths.
The only difference I can spot in the charges is that the class b charges reference being under the influence of drugs and the class d's do not. The class d's also carry a lower penalty, until you factor in being charged as a prior and persistent offender.
Since he can not be taken to court over all four charges I'm guessing this is some type of strategy move.
What do you think?
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