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"Prison Break" Star Will Be Charged With Manslaughter

3/8/2007 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lane GarrisonTMZ has learned that Lane Garrison will be charged today with vehicular manslaughter, a felony.

Garrison was at the wheel last December when he plowed into a tree in Beverly Hills. Vahagn Setian, a 17-year-old high school student who was a passenger in the car, was killed.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will also charge Garrison with driving under the influence. He will also be charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

Garrison's lawyer, Harland Braun, tells TMZ his client has arranged with the D.A. to voluntarily surrender to the court at 1:30 PM. We're told the D.A. will ask for $200,000 bail.

We're told Garrison's blood-alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit.

Significantly, the D.A. is not alleging Garrison acted with "gross negligence." That's important because the enhancement of gross negligence would increase the maximum prison time.

If convicted, Garrison faces a maximum of 6 years in prison.

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Susan    

That's not nearly enough time for what he did, but at least we are finally starting to see Hollywood people going to jail for what they did.

2724 days ago
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Dottie    

It's unfortunate but it had to happen. Brandy was charged and she wasn't under the influence when her accident occurred.

2724 days ago
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Reality Check    

A mere consequence for a Hollywood person won't comfort the family of the boy who died. Six years? He should have his driver's license taken away for life, as should everyone who drives under the influence. What an incredible way to tell the rest of the world that they don't matter to you at all. People who drive under the influence are stupid, irresponsible, and they deserve life sentences.

2724 days ago
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For Rosie    

GOOD...BYE. Totally agree with #1. It's time hollywood/celebrities get put away and get the same sentences anyone would. (O.J.? when is that sleaze freak murderer going to do his time/electrocuted???)

2724 days ago
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DOUCHEBAG    

I wonder if he'll be a butt-boy in REAL jail too?

2724 days ago
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cam    

they never go to "real jail"! remember martha stewart!?? her jail looked like my campus dorm!

2724 days ago
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KIM    

mabe he and howad k stern will be buddies and trade stories about how it feels to murder a human being hks is a dirty dog go get him vergie

2724 days ago
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Zoe    

Oh no :( i can't believe it. I don't want him to go to prison. I know what he did was wrong but i can't help not wanting him to go.

2724 days ago
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Attractive?    

Good. He deserves it. At least his role in Prison Break has prepared him for this real-life imprisonment. Now onto HKS.

2724 days ago
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Brit_ney Rulez    

This situation is bad all around, just like in Brandy's case. There are no winners ..... I don't think we should laugh about this guy getting butt-pirated in jail, although I gotta admit -- if my loved one was the one killed in this accident, I'd be calling for LG's head on a stick.

It's just so complicated, you know?

2724 days ago
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Simone    

He won't be able to break out of that prison.

but in all seriousness, a kid has died and he is responsible.

2724 days ago
12.

Hot Carl    

6 years for Murder... wow... thats ridiculous... shame he wont even spend 1 day in jail

2724 days ago
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Cristal    

How is driving, and murdering someone while .20 intoxicated (more than twice the legal limit) not acting as "gross negligence"? I say LIFE in prison.

2724 days ago
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rminva    

to #6....uhhh....Martha Stewart didn't kill anyone.

2724 days ago
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pohono    

The Other teenagers at the party sure as hell better be charged with negligence if the DA thinks he can get away with charging the actor! They talked an already drunk person into getting into a car and going on a booze run! They are more responsible than the actor.

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