Second-degree murder is a lesser murder charge and is notably different from first-degree murder in that in order to be found guilty of second-degree murder an individual need not have planned the killing in advance with “malice aforethought.” Rather, second-degree murder entails the causing the death of another while acting in a reckless way that is “imminently dangerous” to human life. For example, firing a weapon into a crowd of people, but without any intent to kill anyone. Similarly to first-degree murder, second-degree murder charges may be brought against you if you cause the death of another during the commission of a felony. For example, a robbery gone bad. The punishment for second-degree murder is no less than ten (10) years in prison.
For additional information, see OK ST T. 21 § 701.8.