New Virginia bill would force those who kill law enforcement to be killed or spend life in prison

New Virginia bill would force those who kill law enforcement to be killed or spend life in prison
(Source: KAIT-TV)

RICHMOND, VA (WDBJ) -A bill introduced by Virginia lawmakers would set a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of killing a law enforcement officer.

SB1501 would make it impossible to reduce or amend a charge of capital murder for a person charged with the crime. Those convicted could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.

The bill is moving closer to becoming law following a 35-5 vote on Monday.

To read the entire bill or find how the Commonwealth describes a “law enforcement officer,” click here.

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