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This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM by jeyring. -->              1     

CRIME OF STRANGULATION OR

             2     
SMOTHERING

             3     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Jennifer M. Seelig

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Sheldon L. Killpack

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      Committee Note:
             10          The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill modifies the Criminal Code by including the offense of suffocation or
             13      strangulation as an aggravated assault.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    amends the offense of aggravated assault to include the offenses of impeding a
             17      person's circulation by applying pressure to a person's neck or throat or impeding a
             18      person's normal breathing; and
             19          .    provides that these offenses of strangulation or smothering are third degree felonies.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          76-5-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 291
             27     


             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 76-5-103 is amended to read:
             30           76-5-103. Aggravated assault.
             31          (1) A person commits aggravated assault if [he] the person commits assault as defined
             32      in Section 76-5-102 and [he] the person:
             33          (a) intentionally causes serious bodily injury to another; [or]
             34          (b) under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Subsection (1)(a), uses a
             35      dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601 or other means or force likely to produce
             36      death or serious bodily injury[.]; or
             37          (c) under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Subsection (1)(a),
             37a      H. intentionally .H uses the
             38      person's hand or any other means or force to attempt to impede or to impede:
             39          (i) the normal breathing of another person; or
             40          (ii) the circulation of another person's blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck
             41      of that person.
             42          (2) A violation of Subsection (1)(a) is a second degree felony.
             43          (3) A violation of Subsection (1)(b) or (c) is a third degree felony.




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