The state House of Representatives has passed legislation to toughen 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, according to Rep. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia).
For a second offense, or when the victim is older than age 62, the minimum sentence would be 10 years in prison.
Sabatina said under his bill, a person could be convicted of home invasion if they knowingly enter or attempt to enter a home with the intent to commit a violent crime.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 200-2 and moved to the Senate for consideration.