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Bill Detail: SB20-191

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Title Changes To Felony Murder
Status Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/03/2020
Description

Under current law, it is a class 1 felony if a person commits or
attempts to commit certain specified felonies and the death of a person,
other than one of the participants, is caused by anyone. The bill:

  • Requires the death be caused by a participant;
  • Repeals certain elements of the affirmative defense;
  • Changes the penalty from a class 1 felony to a class 2
felony;
  • Clarifies that a court shall sentence a defendant to a
definite sentence within the aggravated range when the
court finds certain aggravating circumstances; and
  • Provides for a defendant to be subject to a mandatory
sentence as a crime of violence if the fact finder makes
specific findings of fact.

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