New bill says drive-by shootings prohibited for prosecutors
When Washington state’s legislative session begins on January 10, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, Republican on the House Public Safety Committee, will fight against a new bill that would reduce sentences for murder resulting from shootings. by car in Washington State.
Drive-by shootings could be removed as an aggravating factor in the sentence
Bill 1692 would eliminate shootouts as an aggravating factor in a first degree murder case. A press release from Mosbrucker says the bill “would also apply retroactively and provide for the overturning of previous convictions for aggravated first degree murder and a new conviction for first degree murder without the penalty associated with the aggravating factor. . The measure was filed on Friday. , on December 23 for presentation to the legislative session of 2022. “
Mosbrucker says she will fight against bill which she says could be devastating
Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, issued this statement regarding the legislation:
âViolent crime is on the rise in our communities, in part because law enforcement officials do not believe, under new laws passed by the Legislature earlier this year, that they have the power to detain or prosecute persons for whom they reasonably suspect have committed criminal acts. It was reported over the summer that at least nine drive-by shootings in the Yakima area this year have resulted in injuries, deaths and traumatized neighborhoods. This horrific crime is happening more and more in our state, killing innocent victims, destroying their families and leaving neighborhoods and communities in fear. This bill would take away an important tool from prosecutors. And just as concerning, it would reopen previous convictions so that violent criminals have their sentences reduced. “
âWhat about the victims and their families? Where is their justice in this bill? Where is our compassion for them?
“This legislation does nothing to make Washington safer and, in fact, would put the public at increased risk for violent crime. We must reject this bill and put the safety of our communities first by ensuring that those who commit car killings the shootings remain eligible for the maximum penalty under state law. We must also stand firm and send a message to violent criminals that they will be held accountable. “
The 2022 legislative session begins on January 10.
For more information, see the invoice here
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