S.C. bill would raise sentence on home invaders

Friday, April 17, 2009 8:53 AM
Last updated 3:34 PM
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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 sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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HYPOCRITES 08 04/17/09 - 09:00 am
Is that in addition to the

Is that in addition to the cap someone should put in their azzes?

happythoughts 04/17/09 - 10:29 am
If they would just keep them

If they would just keep them in jail that would be good too.

willistontownsc 04/17/09 - 01:06 pm
It's about time.

It's about time.

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