South Carolina bill would stiffen penalties for home invasion

COLUMBIA — Anyone convicted in South Carolina of breaking into someone's home with a weapon and seriously injuring or killing those inside would be sent to prison for at least 25 years under a bill up for debate.

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee was to discuss the proposal, dubbed the "Home Invasion Protection Act," today.

It would create separate felonies of home invasion in the first, second and third degrees and set mandatory minimums of 15 to 25 years. The third-degree felony would mean someone was inside the home at the time but not threatened by the armed intruder.

Under the proposal, weapons qualifying as dangerous include guns, razors and slingshots.

It says a person convicted of first-degree home invasion could also qualify for the death penalty.

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