Kansas to increase sentences for some murders

By: Associated Press Email
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas is doubling the presumed prison sentence for premeditated first-degree murder to life with no chance of parole for at least 50 years.

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he signed a bill this week to make the so-called "Hard 50" the presumed sentence for premeditated first-degree murder. The provision will apply to killings committed after June.

The new law will allow judges to decide whether a more lenient sentence than the "Hard 50" is warranted in first-degree murder cases.

Currently, prosecutors can seek a "Hard 50" sentence, but it can only be imposed by juries after weighing factors presented during a trial.

The new law also sets a minimum 25-year prison sentence for defendants convicted of attempted capital murder or committing murder during another felony.


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