RI lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties for convicts who kill local officials
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The House Judiciary Committee will consider a bill this afternoon inspired in part by the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
A bill sponsored by Representative Roberto DaSilva would remove the possibility of parole for someone convicted of the first-degree murder of a state or local official.
Another bill by the East Providence lawmaker would make it a felony to assault a local or state official. The maximum penalties for that crime would be a three-year prison sentence and/or a fine of up to fifteen-hundred dollars.
DaSilva says he began researching the state's murder statute after a shooting at Florida school board meeting. He says the rampage in which Giffords was injured solidified his belief that stiffer penalties are necessary.
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