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Changes To Felony Murder

Concerning the creation of a class 2 felony offense when the death of a person is caused by a participant without deliberation in the course of the commission of specified felony offenses.
2020 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

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.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. P. Lee
Rep. M. Weissman



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details