What is attempted manslaughter in Florida?

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The crime of Attempted Manslaughter is a Third Degree Felony that is punishable up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 fine.

The offense of Attempted Manslaughter occurs when a person:

  1. The person intentionally committed an act or procured the commission of an act which would have resulted in the death of victim.
  2. The act would have resulted in the death of victim expect someone prevented person from killing victim or he/she failed to do so.

An “act” includes a series of related actions arising from and performed pursuant to a single design or purpose.

To “procure” means to persuade, induce, prevail upon, or cause a person to do something.

Defenses to Attempted Manslaughter.

  • Person was merely negligent.
  • Person did not intentionally commit the act.
  • Person abandoned the attempt and prevented the act from happening.


State v. Sherouse: On intent.

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