A recently concluded prosecution of three men who broke into a Woodbridge woman’s home illustrates a flaw in the state’s penal code that should be quickly fixed. In response to the atrocities committed against the Petit family in Cheshire, the legislature enacted a “home invasion” law. Connecticut General Statutes §53a-100(aa) now makes it a Class A felony to commit a burglary and attempt to or actually commit a felony against a person present in the dwelling. The second element of the new law is a distinction that allows for a far more severe burglary-related penalty of 25 years to life, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years of incarceration.
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