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SC bill would make home invasion a specific crime

Law enforcement officers investigate a recent Charleston County home invasion. Law enforcement officers investigate a recent Charleston County home invasion.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new bill up for debate by a South Carolina Senate panel would add a new crime to the list of offenses eligible for the death penalty.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is set to debate the bill that would create a new crime of home invasion in South Carolina, punishable by a prison sentence of 20 years to life.

The bill would also make someone convicted of committing a murder during a home invasion eligible for a death sentence.

The bill is called the Home Invasion Protection Act.

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