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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: August 3, 2015 02:54 PM
From: Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. and Sen. John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Home Invasion Burglaries- Increase Penalties
In the very near future, we plan to introduce legislation targeted at the most serious of home burglaries, burglaries which are often referred to as home invasion burglaries. Currently, the burglary statute does not distinguish those burglaries where force or threat of force is used. The legislation we have drafted with input from the District Attorney’s Association and the Office of the Attorney General will increase the maximum penalty for the burglaries of a home where the intent is to seriously hurt someone within the home, or where during the course of the burglary the perpetrator commits or threatens to commit bodily injury to another person. This distinction would only apply to burglaries of homes, and would not automatically increase the sentence of the perpetrator but would rather increase the maximum sentence for which a judge within their discretion could sentence the perpetrator.

Introduced as SB1062