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Second Substitute H.B. 238

Representative Duane E. Bourdeaux proposes to substitute the following bill:


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CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR COMMITTING

             2     
OFFENSE WHEN USING BODY ARMOR

             3     
2001 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Sponsor: Duane E. Bourdeaux

             6      This act modifies the Criminal Code to provide an increased sentence for a person convicted
             7      of a violent felony if the person used a dangerous weapon and body armor in commission of
             8      the felony.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      ENACTS:
             11          76-3-203.7, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 76-3-203.7 is enacted to read:
             14          76-3-203.7. Increase of sentence for violent felony if body armor used.
             15          (1) As used in this section:
             16          (a) "Body armor" means any material designed or intended to provide bullet penetration
             17      resistance or protection from bodily injury caused by a dangerous weapon.
             18          (b) "Dangerous weapon" has the same definition as in Section 76-1-601 .
             19          (c) "Violent felony" has the same definition as in Section 76-3-203.5 .
             20          (2) A person convicted of a violent felony may be sentenced to imprisonment for an
             21      indeterminate term, as provided in Section 76-3-203 , but if the trier of fact finds beyond a
             22      reasonable doubt that the defendant used, carried, or possessed a dangerous weapon and also used
             23      or wore body armor, with the intent to facilitate the commission of the violent felony, and the
             24      violent felony is:
             25          (a) a first degree felony, the court shall sentence the person convicted for a term of not less


             26      than six years, and which may be for life;
             27          (b) a second degree felony, the court shall sentence the person convicted for a term of not
             28      less than two years nor more than 15 years, and the court may sentence the person convicted for
             29      a term of not less than two years nor more than 20 years; and
             30          (c) a third degree felony, the court shall sentence the person convicted for a term of not
             31      less than one year nor more than five years, and the court may sentence the person convicted for
             32      a term of not less than one year nor more than ten years.


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