PRINTER'S NO. 1549
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1044
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY LEACH, HAYWOOD AND TARTAGLIONE, FEBRUARY 19, 2020
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020
AN ACT
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in criminal homicide, further
providing for the offense of murder.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2502(b) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 2502. Murder.
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(b) Murder of the second degree.--A criminal homicide
constitutes murder of the second degree when it is committed
[while] by:
(1) a defendant [was] engaged as a principal or an
accomplice in the perpetration of a felony[.]; or
(2) an accomplice of a defendant engaged as a principal
or accomplice in the perpetration of a felony and the
defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly disregarded
the risk that the death of another human being would occur as
a result of their participation in the perpetration of the
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felony.
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Section 2. Any person who has been sentenced before the
effective date of this section for a violation of 18 Pa.C.S. §
2502(b) (relating to murder) shall be entitled to a review by
the court to determine whether there is a need for a
resentencing hearing as a result of the amendment of 18 Pa.C.S.
§ 2502(b). Persons deemed by the court to need a resentencing
hearing shall be resentenced in accordance with law.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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