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Pa. House votes to crack down on DUI repeaters in death cases

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The state House of Representatives has approved legislation to increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

House Bill 1733, also known as Angie’s Law, would make it a first-degree felony when a repeat DUI offender is convicted of vehicular homicide.

The crime would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years with consecutive five-year terms for each additional victim, according to sponsor Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin).

Offenders would also have their Pennsylvania driving privileges revoked for life.

The bill is named for Angela Marie Rigby of Fairfield, who was killed in September 2012 when a drunk driver, arrested for DUI the previous year, crashed into her car on Route 30 in Adams County.

The driver, 27-year-old Brandon Zirk of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in Rigby's death and was sentenced to three-and-a-half to 10 years in prison in March.


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