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Changes To Felony Murder

Concerning the creation of a class 2 felony offense when the death of a person is caused by a participant without deliberation in the course of the commission of specified felony offenses.
2021 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Under current law, it is a class 1 felony as it pertains to first degree murder if a person commits or attempts to commit certain specified felonies and the death of a person, other than one of the participants, is caused by anyone during the crime. The act changes the current law by:

  • Moving the crime from first degree murder to second degree murder and changing the penalty from a class 1 felony to a class 2 felony that is subject to crime of violence sentencing;
  • Requiring the death be caused by a participant; and
  • Repealing certain elements of the affirmative defense.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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