The House Judiciary Committee has reported out a bill to toughen the penalties for home invasions.
House Bill 1296 would classify home invasion as a first-degree felony with a minimum penalty of five years at a maximum security prison, or 10 years for a second offense or if the victim is older than 62.
A person could be convicted of home invasion if he or she knowingly enters, attempts to enter, or remains unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a violent crime.
The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
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