15 Celebrities Charged With Manslaughter

This is a list of charged with manslaughter, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Manslaughter is the term associated with killing a person in a way that is accidental, rather than the intentional motive prescribed to murder. Several have been charged with manslaughter, many of them for being involved in deadly car accidents. From famous actors, to musicians, to athletes, this list shows all those who have been charged with manslaughter.

Who is the most famous person charged with manslaughter? Matthew Broderick tops our list. The Ferris Bueller star was charged with vehicular manslaughter in 1987 after he was involved in a car accident that left two people dead. He was convicted of the lesser charge of reckless driving for the incident. In 1984, Vince Neil was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter after he lost control of a car he was driving. Neil’s passenger died in the crash.

There are celebrities on this list who have even served time for their crime. Charles S. Dutton, aka “Roc,” was convicted of manslaughter in 1978 after he was involved in a fight that resulted in the death of a man. Consequently, he spent seven years in prison as his sentence, which shows that the notion that celebrities get away with more is not always true.

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick was charged with vehicular manslaughter in 1987 after he was involved in a car accident that left two people dead. He was convicted of the lesser charge of reckless driving for the incident.

Rebecca Gayheart

Rebecca Gayheart was charged with vehicular manslaughter in 2001, after she struck and killed a nine year old boy who was crossing the street. She plead no contest to the charges. She was sentenced to three years probation, a $2800 fine, a one year suspension of her driving license, and 750 hours of community service.

William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs was charged with manslaughter and received a two-year suspended sentence for the death of  his common-law wife, Joan Vollmer. In 1951, Burroughs killed Vollmer by shooting her in the head in what was apparently a drunken attempt at playing William Tell.

Vince Neil

In 1984, Vince Neil was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter after he lost control of a car he was driving. Neil’s passenger died in the crash. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years probation, $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash, and 200 hours community service.

Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton, aka “Roc,” was convicted of manslaughter in 1978 after he was involved in a fight that resulted in the death of a man. He served seven years in prison.

Amy Locane

Cry Baby actress Amy Locane was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 2010 after she was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a woman. Locane’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. She is currently in prison and will be up for parole in 2015.

Lane Garrison

Prison Break actor Lane Garrison was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in 2006. He pled guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

Dwayne Goodrich

NFL player Dwayne Goodrich was charged with vehicular manslaughter, after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident which killed two people. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for the incident.

Todd Harrell

Three Doors Down musician Todd Harrell was charged with vehicular manslaughter after he was involved in an accident which left one man dead in 2013. Harrell was charged with a DUI in 2012 and again in 2014. He is currently under house arrest.

Craig MacTavish

NHL player Craig MacTavish was charged and convicted of vehicular manslaughter after he struck and killed a woman while driving under the influence. He spent a year in prison for the incident.

Dany Heatley

NHL player Dany Heatley was charged with vehicular manslaughter after he lost control of his speeding car and killed his passenger in 2003. He was sentenced to three years probation and has to tour the country making 150 speeches about the dangers of speeding and reckless driving.

Donté Stallworth

NFL player Donte Stallworth was charged with DUI manslaughter in 2009 when he struck and killed a pedestrian while driving his car in Florida. He was sentenced to 30 days in county jail in conjunction with the accident.

Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving Michael Jackson a deadly dose of propofol in 2009. He was sentenced to four years in prison, and was released last year.

Charles Smith

NBA player Charles E. Smith was charged with vehicular manslaughter after being involved in a hit-and-run accident which resulted in the deaths of two individuals in 1992. He was acquitted.

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