COLUMBIA -- If you burglarize someone's home while they're in it, you could face tougher penalties.
Sen. Chip Campsen said an experience suffered by a friend of prompted him to introduce S. 153, which would add five years imprisonment to the minimum burglary penalty.
"The perpetrator came up and knocked on his door, which is typical of a home invasion," said the Charleston Republican.
"They threw him to the ground, kicked him, broke his ribs, broke his jaw, with his wife and children sitting there, then burglarized his home."
On Thursday a Senate subcommittee approved the bill, which would make the penalty for the offense 20 years to life if someone tricks or forces their way into another's home.
"A man or woman's home is their castle," said Campsen. "This is really employing the same principle."
Sarita Chourey can be reached at (803) 727-4257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.