STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) providing another tool to ensure violent criminals stay behind bars.
According to Negele, violent crimes are those that result in serious bodily harm or death. Negele said by expanding the statutory definition to include felony battery offenses, more time can be added to criminals’ sentences to keep them off the streets and ensure they serve their time.
“Violent crimes are life-altering based on the amount of threats and force used against victims,” Negele said. “By expanding this category to include felony battery, we can help bring justice to more victims and better ensure criminals who commit multiple acts of violence are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
The law also adds court bailiffs and special deputies to the definition of public safety official. Negele said bailiffs are sometimes the victims of physical attacks during courthouse business, and by adding them to this definition, they will be better protected as they perform their official duties.
This new law goes into effect July 1.
State Rep. Sharon Negele represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (center, seated) signs legislation authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) (right, seated) and sponsored by State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) (left, seated) on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Statehouse. Negele said the new law expands the statutory definition of violent crime to include felony battery offenses, providing another tool to ensure violent criminals stay behind bars.