Central Delaware lawmaker proposes enhanced penalties for home-invasion crimes

A state senator from Kent County is proposing increased sentences for criminals convicted of home-invasion type robberies.

Senator David Lawson plans to file the legislation in January, according to The News Journal.  Lawson said a first-degree burglary conviction for a home-invasion style of crime would carry a 15-year prison term.  Currently, the penalty is two years.  With increasing frequency, Delaware State Police say robbers have been targeting people in their rural homes by kicking in the doors – often as the owners are sleeping – and forcing the owners to direct them to cash, jewelry and other valuables. 


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