Setting tougher penalties for criminals convicted of disarming a peace officer during a struggle is the aim of legislation sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins and approved May 7 by a unanimous vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sponsored in the House of Representatives by Representative Jim Sacia of Pecatonica, House Bill 5653 increases the penalty for disarming a peace officer or correctional employee from a Class 2 felony to a Class 1 felony, punishable by 4-15 years in prison.

Testifying on behalf of the legislation during committee was (at left, in photo) Jeannie Wrenn, Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County.

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