How does sentencing work in cases where someone is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter where there were multiple victims? For example, someone causes a serious construction accident by negligence, which kills multiple people. Is the person given the same sentence as if there was only one victim, or are the sentences added together or is it something in between?
This is the question of whether the sentences are to run consecutively or concurrently, and it's part of the sentencing decision. In many cases, the judge may have the discretion to make this decision based on the circumstances of the crime, the defendant's history, and so on. Some jurisdictions might have sentencing guidelines to help ensure consistency; in some cases these guidelines might be mandatory, limiting the judge's discretion.