Monday, May 07, 2001
Grand jury's options
The Hamilton County grand jury that heard evidence in the Timothy Thomas shooting had several options, including:
Aggravated murder, the most serious possible charge Cincinnati Police Officer Steve Roach could face for his role in the April 7 shooting.
This charge means that the accused person purposefully, with prior calculation and design, caused the death of another. It carries a minimum life sentence in prison with parole after 20 years. The maximum sentence is death.
They could have settled on the charge involuntary manslaughter. There are two sections in this charge, the most serious, according the Ohio Criminal Code, states that while committing or attempting to commit a felony, the accused caused the death of another. It is a first-degree felony, punishable with a maximum 10 years in prison.
Another possibility is reckless homicide, a charge that means someone recklessly caused the death of another person. It is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum five years in prison.
Or grand jurors can issue a no bill a decision not to indict someone, usually for lack of evidence.
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