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Proposed bill would prohibit Utah from seeking death penalty

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Salt Lake City, Utah – A new bill proposed by Utah legislators would remove the death penalty as a punishment for aggravated murder in the state.

During the 2022 Utah general session, which begins Tuesday, H.B. 147, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George) and Sen. Dan McCay (R-Riverton).

While prohibiting the state from seeking the death penalty for aggravated murder committed after May 4, 2022, the bill would add a possible sentence for aggravated murder of 45 years to life in prison.

It also would prohibit the state from seeking the death penalty for aggravated murder committed before May 4, 2022.

Currently, there are seven men on death row in Utah.

A total of 43 executions, including federal and military executions, were performed prior to 1976.

 

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