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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 330         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 647

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Katherine M. Clark

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to strangulation.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Brian S. Dempsey

3rd Essex

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone

15 Commonwealth Avenue


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 330        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 647

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 647) of Katherine M. Clark, Brian S. Dempsey, Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Claire D. Cronin and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to strangulation.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 679 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to strangulation.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 178 of the Acts of 2011, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 15C the following section:-

              Section 15D. (a) For the purposes of this section the following words shall have the following meanings:

              "Strangulation" shall mean the intentional interference of the normal breathing or circulation of blood by applying substantial pressure on the throat or neck of another.

              "Suffocation" shall mean the intentional interference of the normal breathing or circulation of blood by blocking the nose or mouth of another.

              "Serious bodily injury" shall mean bodily injury that results in a permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of a bodily function, limb or organ, or a substantial risk of death.

              (b) Whoever strangles or suffocates another shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

              (c) Whoever: (i) strangles or suffocates another and by such strangulation or suffocation causes serious bodily injury; or (ii) strangles or suffocates another who is pregnant at the time of such strangulation or suffocation, knowing or having reason to know that the person is pregnant; or (iii) is convicted of strangling or suffocating another after having been previously convicted of the crime of strangling or suffocating another under this section, or of a like offense in federal court or the court of any state; or (iv) strangles or suffocates another who he or she knows has an outstanding temporary or permanent vacate, restraining or no contact order or judgment issued pursuant to section 18, 34B or 34C of chapter 208 , section 32 of chapter 209, section 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A, section 7 or 10 of chapter 209A½, or section 15 or 20 of chapter 209C, in effect against him or her at the time the offense was committed, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000.

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