§ 2717.  Terrorism.

(a)  General rule.--A person is guilty of terrorism if he commits a violent offense intending to do any of the following:

(1)  Intimidate or coerce a civilian population.

(2)  Influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.

(3)  Affect the conduct of a government.

(b)  Grading and penalty.--

(1)  If the violent offense is a misdemeanor or a felony of the third or second degree, an offense under this section shall be classified one degree higher than the classification of the violent offense specified in section 106 (relating to classes of offenses).

(2)  If the violent offense is a felony of the first degree, a person convicted of an offense under this section shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment fixed by the court at not more than 40 years and may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $100,000.

(c)  Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:

"Dangerous to human life or property."  A violent act or an act which is intended to or likely to cause death, serious bodily injury or mass destruction.

"Mass destruction."  An act which is intended to or likely to destroy or cause serious damage to transportation-related infrastructure or facilities, energy-related infrastructure or facilities, public or private buildings, places of public accommodation or public works under circumstances evincing depraved indifference to human life or property.

"Violent offense."  An offense under this part, including an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit any such offense, which is punishable by imprisonment of more than one year and involves an act dangerous to human life or property.


(July 7, 2006, P.L.342, No.71, eff. 60 days)


2006 Amendment.  Act 71 added section 2717.

Cross References.  Section 2717 is referred to in sections 6801.1, 9714 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).