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Actor Will Plead Guilty to Manslaughter

4/11/2007 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned former "Prison Break" star Lane Garrison will plead guilty to manslaughter.

Garrison, who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of a Beverly Hills high school student last December, showed up this morning with his lawyer, Harland Braun, at the Beverly Hills courthouse. Garrison was scheduled to enter a plea, but Braun asked for a continuance.

TMZ spoke with Braun after the hearing. The mega-lawyer said Garrison will plead guilty on May 21. Braun added "There is no sentencing bargaining going on." The judge will have complete discretion, which means Garrison faces a maximum of six years in prison.

Braun said "Lane is very sad about the accident," adding Garrison told him this morning: "People are going to Iraq to risk their lives for our country and [I] am simply facing punishment for something [I] have done." Braun adds Lane wants to step up and accept the sentence.

Braun said he is waiting for engineers to come back with reports on whether there was a mechanical defect that contributed to the accident. Braun said the brakes may have been defective and the vehicle may have gone in on a recall before the accident. If brakes contributed to the acccident, that could affect Garrison's sentence.

Cops say Garrison's blood alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit.

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1.

Only in    

Brandy is next, just you wait and see,she's gonna get hers

2729 days ago
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tinkerbell    

While he is totally and completely to blame for this, it is very refreshing to see someone step up and take responsibility for their actions. I'm so sick of people getting caught breaking the law (i.e. Paris) and then blaming it on someone else. I think that he is very sorry and realizes his mistake. However now he will have to pay the price.

2729 days ago
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lmk0036    

It's pretty disgusting that he compared his "bravery" to pleading guilty to killing someone to the bravery the people fighting in Iraq have.

2729 days ago
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tba    

It looks as if art will imitate life!

2729 days ago
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patty cake    

PLEASE..let there be justice. He should go to prison. MURDERER

2729 days ago
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big joe    

THE LAW IS GETTING BETTER W/ THESE MOVIE STAR'S I HOPE HE GOE'S TO JAIL.


HAVE FUN LANCE GET THE SOAP READY

2729 days ago
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Traycee    

I feel so sorry for him...ONLY because he has shown AND expressed his sincere regret about what happened. I'm glad that he has accepted responsibility for what he did.

2729 days ago
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lilnancyg    

don't know the first thing about this guy. But it takes a measure of manliness and integrity to step up and take your medicine without blaming your mother, your father, the person who called you a geek in 3rd grade, whatever. $$$ will buy him a reduced sentence anyway, probably.

2729 days ago
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Ellen    

Let’s be real. The "mechanical defect" was Lane himself! Trying to lower his sentence by suggesting the vehicle was partly to blame is pathetic and despicable. Lane, take FULL responsibility for your poor choices and realize there are consequences for thoughtless behavior.

2729 days ago
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antiAMERICAN IDOL    

LANE GARRISON SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER. HE ACTUALLY DRANK AND DID DRUGS PRIOR TO DRIVING HIM AND 2 15-YEAR OLD GIRLS HOME, THEN KILLED AN INNOCENT 17-YEAR OLD. NO MERCY...THIS IS MURDER. HE COULD HAVE CALLED A CAB, BUT NO..HE WANTED CONVENIENCE..AND NOW A TEENAGER'S DEAD.

SHAME ON YOU. MAXIMUM SENTENCE WILL DO ONLY !

2729 days ago
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MommaT    

Post #9.....TOTALLY agree with you.

As for #3, #10 and #12..................peddle your sites somewhere else.

They are annoying as HELL!!!!

2729 days ago
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antiAMERICAN IDOL    

Comparing his admission to the bravery of our soldiers in Iraq goes to show how ARROGANT many Hollywood actors are. No role that he plays could ever compare to our soldier's true bravery !

Secondly, his alcohol level was MORE THAN TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT and other news organizations report illegal drugs also in his system at the time, yet he DARES to suggest a "brake defect."

LIARS LIE = DRUNK DRIVERS = KILL KILLERS DESERVE = MURDER CHARGES

6 years for killing a 17 year old, where's the penalty !!??

2729 days ago
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emmasuperstar1    

an accident is an accident. sure, he should serve some time in prison but there is a difference between a car accident and outright murder. good for him to step up but not sure why he would compare his guilty plea to our brave men and women fightiing for our country???? God bless the girl's family that was killed in the ACCIDENT.

2729 days ago
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U.S.C.    

At least he is owning up to his responsibility. Poor guy. I feel bad for him. It's obvious this has devestated him. Good luck.

2729 days ago
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walterkronkite    

Maybe we should let him serve his sentence in the military in Iraq. He seems to have the patriotism thing down.

2729 days ago
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