Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 9:15pm
Home invasion bills pass Senate, head to House
The state Senate has passed two competing bills that would create the new crime of home invasion in Delaware.
Lawmakers unanimously passed a measure sponsored by Senate Republicans that carries a 10-year minimum sentence for unlawfully entering an occupied home and robbing, assaulting, killing or kidnapping someone while in possession of a deadly weapon.
A bill sponsored by House Democrats creates a similar crime but with a minimum sentence of six years, which opponents said was not strict enough.
Unlike the Senate bill, the House bill does not require that an offender possess a deadly weapon when entering the home or trying to flee, only that he or she physically injures someone during a home invasion.
Both bills now go to the House.
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