MN Lawmakers Want Harsher Carjacking Sentencing

(St. Paul, MN) — Republican Minnesota lawmakers want carjacking sentencing to be harsher. Officials say the omnibus public safety bill set no minimum sentence fro the crime but has a maximum of 20 years for first degree carjacking offenses. Republican lawmakers say the new law does nothing to dissuade would-be jackers and the crime should be treated more serious than a traditional aggravated robbery. Officials say during yesterday’s meeting at the State Capitol, Senator Warren Limmer tried to get a five-year minimum sentence built into the law. The sentencing panel will make the final decision on carjacking sentences at it’s next meeting on July 27th at the Department of Corrections offices in St. Paul.

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