Legislator recalls home invasion

Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- State Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, talks with state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb about legislation mandating a minimum five year prison term for home invasion when a dangerous weapon is involved. The Senate Judiciary C Committee approved the measure, Senate Bill 313, sponsored by state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, on Tuesday.
Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- State Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, talks with state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb about legislation mandating a minimum five year prison term for home invasion when a dangerous weapon is involved. The Senate Judiciary C Committee approved the measure, Senate Bill 313, sponsored by state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, on Tuesday.

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.