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South Carolina delays 5-year minimum for stealing packages

Added 02-24-21 01:22:03pm EST - “A small group of South Carolina lawmakers decided Wednesday to postpone voting on a proposal to create a new law specifically to handle people stealing packages from porches, even after the chief supporter admitted a five-year minimum…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Carolina delays 5-year minimum for stealing packages”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A small group of South Carolina lawmakers decided Wednesday to postpone voting on a proposal to create a new law specifically to handle people stealing packages from porches, even after the chief supporter admitted a five-year minimum prison sentence was a bit harsh.

Instead, state Rep. Cezar McKnight suggested a range from probation to 15 years for anyone convicted of violating his proposed “ Defense Against Porch Pirates Act.”

“I think that is a bit draconian,” McKnight said of his first thought of a five-year minimum prison sentence.

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Theft is already a crime, but passing the new law and making it a felony offense would emphasize how stealing from a porch violates the sanctity people should feel in their home, said McKnight, a Democrat from Kingstree,

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