ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two senators say 30 years in prison isn’t long enough for someone who commits a ghastly murder. But right now, that’s the maximum for defendants convicted of second-degree murder, according to Maryland law.
Sen. James Brochin told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that only six states cap their penalties as low as Maryland does. Thirty states and the federal government allow sentences of life in prison.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 800 New Cases & 5 Deaths Reported Sunday
Brochin and Sen. Norman Stone want to raise the maximum to 40 years, which would mirror laws in Virginia and West Virginia.READ MORE: First African American To Lead The Maryland National Guard Was Honored After 38-Years Of Service
Unlike first-degree murder, second-degree murder does not involve premeditation. It’s a common charge when one person kills another in a fit of passion. However, prosecutors sometimes reduce first-degree charges to second-degree in plea arrangements.MORE NEWS: A Dad Who Traveled 1,200 Miles For Covid-19 Care Is Finally Going Home. Here's What He Wants You To Know
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