Bill toughens penalties for distributing heroin - KLFY News 10

Bill toughens penalties for distributing heroin


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Judges would have the ability to sentence someone to up to 99 years in prison for distributing heroin, if lawmakers agree to a proposal that received support Tuesday from a Senate judiciary committee.

The bill (Senate Bill 87) by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, would change the maximum sentence for heroin distribution or possession with the intent to distribute heroin from the current 50 years in state law to 99 years.

The minimum five-year prison sentence for a conviction on either charge wouldn't change.

Claitor, a lawyer, said he thought the tougher sentences were in order. "The people who distribute heroin are distributing death sentences," he said.

The judiciary committee backed the measure without objection, sending it to the Senate floor for debate.


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