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.