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Voluntary manslaughter bill advances in Tennessee Legislature

HANK HAYES, Kingsport Times News • Feb 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee advanced legislation Tuesday that would increase the penalty for voluntary manslaughter.

The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Bud Hulsey, R-Kingsport.

A conviction for voluntary manslaughter, a Class C felony, currently carries a jail sentence of three to six years, according to the state’s Fiscal Review Committee.

Under Hulsey’s bill, voluntary manslaughter would be upgraded to a Class B felony with an eight to 12 year jail term. Our partners at the Times News have more.

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