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Colorado changes mandatory sentence for murder convictions

DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- Monday, Governor Jared Polis signed a new bill that changes the mandatory sentence for anyone convicted of murder.

Previously, felony murder carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole under Colorado law.

Monday, that sentence was reduced to a new requirement of only 16 to 48 years behind bars.

Moving forward, Senate Bill 21-124, Changes To Felony Murder, will mean a shorter sentence if someone is accidentally killed during an adjacent crime, like a robbery or burglary.

Colorado lawmakers behind the bill say this will allow the justice system to provide individual sentencing on a case-by-case basis instead of a one-size-fits-all method.

However, these new guidelines will not be applied to felons currently serving life sentences.

This bill was first introduced in February.

Read more about SB21-124 here.

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Shelby Filangi



  1. “Monday, that sentence was reduced to a new requirement of only 16 to 48 years behind bars.”
    I disagree with anything that reduces sentences for murderers. Too may criminals get off with a “slap on the wrist” anyway, so this just offers another way it can happen. No need to further dilute our ineffective judicial system, right when it needs strengthening.

    1. Not since 1913, when Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Act. Several other laws made it worse “For the People” over the years, then the cherry on this brown smelly fudge sundae was Former President George W. Bush passed the The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. Now America is “For the Banks, Corporations, lobbyists, and highest bidders”, no longer “For the People”.
      Now our politicians do our thinking for us, and that thought process is what is best for the Banks, Corporations, lobbyists, and highest bidders.
      In December 2020 our US Congress has had an approval rating of 15%.
      It has slowly risen to an astounding 36% as of March 2021.
      According to both the Gallup and Statista polls.
      Imagine if your work review reflected these low numbers; would you still be employed?

        1. When was the last time you looked at the list of bills being pushed by the Colorado Legislature? I review them regularly, and all of those relating to criminal justice in some way benefit criminals, and do nothing to protect victims.
          You should take a look sometime.

  2. ” to a new requirement of only 16 to 48 years behind bars. ”
    So you kill someone and now you can get 16 years behind bars when the victim is sentenced to death. I do not agree.
    The soft bleeding heart democrats. This is another step towards allowing felons to vote. Next it will be lets decrease sentences and consequences for drunk drivers……

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