Actor Will Plead Guilty to Manslaughter

4/11/2007 2:15 PM PDT
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.