State Sen. Bodi White’s bill brought back some bad memories Tuesday for state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb.
Dorsey-Colomb recounted some personal history as she supported the bill that would provide for a minimum five year prison term for home invasions involving dangerous weapons.
“I’ve been a victim ...,” said Dorsey-Colomb.
Dorsey-Colomb choked up as she recounted how as a 15-year-old living with her grandmother someone broke in.
“They break in, get in and they rob you. It’s really something you never want to experience,” Dorsey-Colomb said.
She then moved to approve the measure by White, R-Central.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary C approved Senate Bill 313 under which home invaders armed with a dangerous weapon would be fined not more than $7,000 and imprisoned at hard labor for not less than five years nor more than 30 years.
Originally, White, R-Central, wanted to have the five year minimum prison term apply to all home invasion offenses — not just those involving weapons. He stripped the provision from the bill in committee.
The measure now heads to the full Senate for debate.