Felony convictions, certain; court may reduce to misdemeanor pursuant to plea agreement. (SB621)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certain felony convictions. Provides that a court may reduce a nonviolent felony conviction to a misdemeanor pursuant to a plea agreement if the terms of the plea agreement are merged into a sentencing order in which the court retains jurisdiction and the court determines that all terms and conditions of the plea agreement are satisfied. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103808D
01/16/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 2-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Committee substitute printed 14104897D-S1
02/07/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104897D-S1
02/10/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB621S1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 5-N)
02/13/2014Placed on Calendar
02/13/2014Read first time
02/13/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB621S1)
02/18/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/26/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/04/2014Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Deborah Songer writes:

Please pass this Bill. The reason given for possibility of Bill SB976 not passing is budgeting. The accomplice to my son Ben Graessle's 1st degree murderer who pled guilty reason a misdemeanor charge. He also pled guilty because it was only a one year sentence. Passing this Bill would make a statement that my son's life was worth more of a sentence than someone stealing $200. This should solve any objection to budgeting by reverses what the charges should be. Murder vs. nonviolent charges. Justice and the Law are two separate things. Change the law to make the pain and anguish of losing your loved ones having to hear their lives were only worth 1 year for being an accomplice In my case, Ben was my only child, age 19, a college student with accomplice sitting on his chest while being shot at close range 3x Dec. 23, 20012. Passing Bill SB621 would help pass Bill SB976. Ben was my son.

Deborah Songer writes:

Excuse me, I made an error due to being a Mom who never dreamed of having to go through this torment of having such gross injustice that happened regarding my son's brutal murder. The Bill SB621 is the Bill that could affect the Bill HB976. My error was writing the Bill changing Accessory SB976 instead of correct Bill HB976 accessory after the fact of 1st degree murder. The passing of these two Bills, I feel would solve the reasoning of budgeting for these crimes as the reason if these two Bills pass or not. Thank you.