The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a law requiring severe penalties for Home Invasion. The legislation now goes to the State Senate for consideration.
House Bill No. 1296 calls for a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years for a person convicted (by guilty verdict or plea) of a "burglary constituting a home invasion."
Additionally, a person charged with this crime will face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of at least 10 years if:
(1) they have one or more prior convictions for this same offense; or,
(2) the crime is committed against a person 62 years of age or older.
Under the proposed Pennsylvania law, "home invasion" (a first-degree felony) is defined as a Burglary where, during the commission of the crime, a person also:
(1) commits an offense of Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, Rape, Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, or Indecent Assault; or,
(2) possesses a deadly weapon or explosive.
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