HB0283/SB0290 – Increases penalty for child rape – Littleton/White
Criminal Offenses - As enacted, increases the punishment for a conviction of aggravated rape of a child from "15 to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000" to "life in prison without the possibility of parole." - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13 and Title 40, Chapter 35.
AMENDMENT #1 clarifies that for the offense of aggravated rape of a child, the applicable sentencing provisions will apply, no sentencing hearing will be conducted, and the judge will sentence the person convicted of the offense to imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole.
Favor: This heinous act destroys young lives and deserves commensurate punishment, not only for justice, but for deterrence.
TLRC Observed Process
Passed virtually unopposed.