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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2017 02:37 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Consecutive Sentences on Firearm Charges

I will be introducing legislation regarding sentencing for offenses committed with firearms. It has come to my attention that due to District Attorney Plea bargaining practices, in many cases, the intent of Title 42 with respect to mandatory five year sentencing upon conviction of a violent crime with a firearm is being disregarded.

My legislation, will add the requirement that the mandatory sentence imposed under Section 9712 of Title 42 shall be imposed consecutively to any other sentence imposed by the court; and prohibits concurrent sentences for such violent offenses.

It is important to take crime by the use of firearms seriously. By allowing these sentences to be run concurrently with other sentences, we are devaluing this sentence for a very dangerous, and life-threatening crime. This sentence should be meted out, and served, on its’ own and no longer should we simply look the other way by allowing this sentence to, in a sense, not really be served, when it is served at the same time as another sentence.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB348