Death penalty; abolishes for all Class 1 felonies committed on or after July 1, 2007. (HB299)

Introduced By

Del. Frank Hargrove (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Crimes; death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty for all Class 1 felonies committed on or after July 1, 2007. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088411532
01/03/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
01/07/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB299)
01/22/2008Referred from Rules
01/22/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB299)
02/12/2008Left in Courts of Justice


Timothy Watson writes:

"Any person sentenced to imprisonment for life pursuant to this subdivision shall not be eligible for parole and shall not be eligible for any good conduct allowance, any earned sentence credits under Chapter 6 (§ 53.1-186 et seq.) of Title 53.1, or conditional release pursuant to § 53.1-40.01."

Well, isn't that great, the guy doesn't even know that parole is not an option for crimes committed "on or after January 1, 1995".

Timothy Watson writes:

LOL, from Frank Hargrove's website:

"Delegate Frank Hargrove believes that maintaining public safety is the first task of government. Frank was a vigorous supporter of Governor George Allen's criminal justice reforms, which included truth in sentencing, abolition of parole, and mandatory life sentences for violent repeat offenders."

Is this guy senile?

Frank Overbey writes:

Even his constituents are overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty, as demonstrated by his own voter surveys. Senile, maybe. Out of touch with his constituents, definately. I'm one of them.