Senator Karen Mayne proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Karen Mayne

House Sponsor: Lee B. Perry


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions related to an offense committed by a prison inmate.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     modifies the list of offenses that qualify a prison inmate serving a sentence for a
13     capital or first degree felony to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility
14     of parole; and
15          ▸     makes conforming changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          76-3-203.6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 277
23          76-5-103.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 102

25     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

26          Section 1. Section 76-3-203.6 is amended to read:
27          76-3-203.6. Enhanced penalty for certain offenses committed by prisoner.
28          (1) As used in this section, "serving a sentence" means a prisoner is sentenced and
29     committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections, the sentence has not been
30     terminated or voided, and the prisoner:
31          (a) has not been paroled; or
32          (b) is in custody after arrest for a parole violation.
33          (2) If [the trier of fact finds beyond a reasonable doubt that] a prisoner serving a
34     sentence for a capital felony or a first degree felony commits any offense listed in Subsection
35     (5), the offense is a first degree felony and the court shall sentence the defendant to life in
36     prison without parole.
37          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (2), the court may sentence the defendant to an
38     indeterminate prison term of not less than 20 years and that may be for life if the court finds
39     that the interests of justice would best be served and states the specific circumstances justifying
40     the disposition on the record.
41          (4) Subsection (2) does not apply if the prisoner is younger than 18 years of age at the
42     time the offense listed in Subsection (5) is committed and is sentenced on or after May 10,
43     2016.
44          (5) Offenses referred to in Subsection (2) are:
45          (a) [aggravated assault, Section 76-5-103] aggravated assault by a prisoner, Section
46     76-5-103.5;
47          (b) mayhem, Section 76-5-105;
48          (c) attempted murder, Section 76-5-203;
49          (d) kidnapping, Section 76-5-301;
50          (e) child kidnapping, Section 76-5-301.1;
51          (f) aggravated kidnapping, Section 76-5-302;
52          (g) rape, Section 76-5-402;
53          (h) rape of a child, Section 76-5-402.1;
54          (i) object rape, Section 76-5-402.2;
55          (j) object rape of a child, Section 76-5-402.3;
56          (k) forcible sodomy, Section 76-5-403;

57          (l) sodomy on a child, Section 76-5-403.1;
58          (m) aggravated sexual abuse of a child, Section 76-5-404.1;
59          (n) aggravated sexual assault, Section 76-5-405;
60          (o) aggravated arson, Section 76-6-103;
61          (p) aggravated burglary, Section 76-6-203; and
62          (q) aggravated robbery, Section 76-6-302.
63          (6) The sentencing enhancement described in this section does not apply if:
64          (a) the offense for which the person is being sentenced is:
65          (i) a grievous sexual offense;
66          (ii) child kidnapping, Section 76-5-301.1; or
67          (iii) aggravated kidnapping, Section 76-5-302; and
68          (b) applying the sentencing enhancement provided for in this section would result in a
69     lower maximum penalty than the penalty provided for under the section that describes the
70     offense for which the person is being sentenced.
71          Section 2. Section 76-5-103.5 is amended to read:
72          76-5-103.5. Aggravated assault by prisoner.
73          Any prisoner who commits aggravated assault [not amounting to a violation of Section
74     76-3-203.6] is guilty of:
75          (1) a second degree felony if no serious bodily injury was intentionally caused; or
76          (2) a first degree felony if serious bodily injury was intentionally caused.