HB1615/SB2292: Felony-Murder

House Sponsor

Representative Justin Slaughter

Senate Sponsor

Senator Robert Peters

In Illinois, a person can be charged and convicted of first-degree murder—a conviction that carries a minimum sentence of twenty years and, under certain circumstances, a maximum sentence of natural life—even if they did not actually kill the victim or intend to commit the murder.

Learn more about the felony-murder rule on the Restore Justice Foundation website.

HB 1615/SB 2292 would bring Illinois into alignment with the majority of states and that have a felony murder statute. The bill:

  • Does not abolish the felony-murder statute in its entirety; rather,
  • Reforms a section of the statute to ensure those who do not personally inflict an injury during the course of an underlying felony would not be charged with or found guilty of first-degree murder.

Bill Status

The bill was introduced in the House on February 2, 2019.


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