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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 928         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1176

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Cory Atkins

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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:

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Christopher G. Fallon

33rd Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 928        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1176

By Ms. Atkins of Concord, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1176) of Cory Atkins and others for legislation to make the crime of strangulation and suffocation a felony offense.  The Judiciary. 


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:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, 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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