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Lawmakers Eye Changes to Delaware Habitual Offender Law

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- Democratic lawmakers are proposing changes to Delaware's habitual offender law.

A substitute bill introduced Wednesday eliminates mandatory life sentences for habitual offenders and distinguishes between violent felonies and all other felonies in sentencing habitual criminals.

Under the measure, a person is declared a habitual criminal after being convicted of a third violent felony or a fourth felony of any kind.

If a person has three felony convictions and is then convicted of a violent felony, he would receive a minimum sentence equal to half the maximum penalty allowed for the final conviction.

But if one of the three prior felonies is a violent felony, or if a person is convicted of a third violent felony, he would receive a minimum sentence equal to the maximum allowed for the final conviction.

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