What is the Law on Murder in Wyoming and What are the Punishments for it?
This piece walks a layman through the intricacies of the meaning of Murder, it's general characteristics, levels/ degrees of murder and the penalties for committing murder in Wyoming, a western U.S. state.
Meaning: The term Murder is derived from mrtró which means to die. Murder can be defined as an illicit, heinous, deliberate act of killing a human being by the other involving a malice motive. Murder is considered as an extremely serious offense in most of the countries across the globe. Murder is considered different from manslaughter as the latter involves the lack of malice and generally involves provocation.
General characteristics of Murder: A murder involves the following critical bits to it:
(1) considered completely against the law
(2) involves killing
(3) a human gets killed (victim)
(4) a human kills another human (murderer)
(5) a malice motive is involved
Levels of murder: Under the laws of various countries, murder is seen usually under different levels called degrees. Commonly, three levels of murder are as follows:
(A)First degree Murders: Murders that involve careful, deliberate planning to them are included under this category. Murders that involve any kind of toxins, torture or abuse and deliberate killing of a person by another are considered as first-degree murders. The most common example of first-degree
murders are: stabbing with a motive, shooting a person, and strangulating a person to death.
(B) Second-degree murders: It includes all those murders that are not listed in the first-degree murder list. These involve the action of intentionally killing without any planning for killing a person in advance by the murderer; or actions taken that can result in death, even when the action is unintentional in nature. It can be explained as:
A man keeping a gun under his desk for his protection while making a deal, then he gets infuriated in the middle of the negotiation, take out the gun and shoots the client. The intention is definitely present, but there was no such plan to kill someone. Thus, it is considered second-degree murder.
(C) Third-degree murders: These are also known as Felony murders and are taken into consideration under the law of certain countries. The felony murder principle acts in case of third-degree murders, according to which that if a person commits a violent crime (maybe a robbery in a bank)and another person dies as a result, the criminal can be charged with murder, even if they did not intend for anyone to die or did not commit the act at the first place.
What are the general laws for murder in Wyoming?
Wyoming Statutes 6-2-101 defines murder and the degrees of murder under the law of Wyoming. A murder qualifies as first-degree murder and the murderer is subjected to the death penalty by the law when:
(A) Murder committed by a person with a malice motive that may be personal or monetary.
(B) Murder committed by a person conducting an airplane hijacking/airplane robbery or using a biological weapon or chemical weapon simultaneously.
(C) Murder committed is of a peace officer exercising his duties.
(D) Murder is committed when a person (accused) is already on bail for another crime.
(E) Murder committed by a person trying to flee away from the jail.
(F) Murder committed was painful and exceptionally tormenting to the victim.
Penalties and punishments concerned with murder in Wyoming
The law of Wyoming classifies the variety of crimes into two classes i.e, felony and misdemeanors. For a felony, a punishment of $10,000 and more than one year of jail or death penalty is given whereas for misdemeanors $750 and no more than six months in jail has been decided. The small state of Wyoming has strict criminal laws, and the accused is executed
by the lethal dosages (either gas or injections). The deliberate murders are treated more under the laws of Wyoming than the accidental ones and thus more punishment is given in the case of deliberate ones. As the state is inhabited by less number of residents, the last death penalty given was way back in 1972 after the laws for murder were restated.