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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2037         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3239

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

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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 mandatory sentences for those committing an assault on a law enforcement officer.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2037        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3239

By Mr. deMacedo of Plymouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3239) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others relative to mandatory sentences for committing assaults on a law enforcement officers.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to mandatory sentences for those committing an assault on a law enforcement officer.
 

              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 is hereby amended by inserting after section 15C the following new section: -

              Section 15D.  As used in this section, “law enforcement officer” shall mean any officer of a municipal police department, the department of the state police or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police department.

              Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery upon a law enforcement officer by discharging a firearm, rifle, shotgun, sawed-off shotgun, assault weapon, or covert weapon while said officer is engaged in the performance of duties, and who knows or has reason to know that the individual is a law enforcement officer shall be punished by a term of imprisonment not less than 10 years up to life imprisonment in the state prison. No sentence imposed under the provisions of this paragraph shall be suspended nor shall it be for less than a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of not more than $150,000 may be imposed but not in lieu of the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, as established herein.  Prosecutions commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

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