Felony homicide; certain drug offenses, penalty. (HB2144)

Introduced By

Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Felony homicide; certain drug offenses; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of felony homicide, punishable by confinement for not less than five nor more than 40 years, if the underlying felonious act that resulted in the accidental killing of another person involved the manufacture, sale, gift, or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance and (i) such other person's death results from his use of the controlled substance and (ii) the controlled substance is the proximate cause of the person's death. The bill provides that the venue for prosecution is the locality where the felony violation occurred, where the use of the controlled substance occurred, or where the death occurred. The bill serves to overrule the decision of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Woodard v. Commonwealth, 61 Va. App., 567, 739 S.E.2d 220 (2013), aff'd, 287 Va. 276, 754 S.E.2d 309 (2014). Read the Bill »


01/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100518D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2021Impact statement from VCSC (HB2144)
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2144)

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